An interesting Euro-centric discussion on black vestments for All Souls Day at the NLM site. Shawn Tribe presumes that our parishes naturally have black chasubles tucked away in the back of closets. He also presumes that monochromatic vestments are the best or even the only options available.
If we did have them hidden away, I guess we’d have time to get them dry-cleaned and pressed into service, assuming that this would be an innovation we’d want to spring on parishioners used to the American emphasis on white.
The Roman Catholic funeral rites were reformed after Vatican II. The liturgical and pastoral emphasis was reassessed and redirected. Sorry, that’s the way it is. Even as recently as eleven years ago, I knew a parish that demurred in singing “alleluia” at funerals and had a long practice of using the Lenten Gospel Acclamation, even during Easter.
That said, I could see a white vestment trimmed in purple and black as an appropriate expression for a parish celebrating a funeral or All Souls. The vestment, after all, is for the parish celebrating the Mass, not the priest wearing it. If a parish were attached to black vestments and used them, I’d expect a priest to respect that and adapt accordingly.