The long-simmering discussion for many conservatives is the use of blue during Advent. There are a few distinctions, often overlooked, I think. First, I see very little blue replacing purple these days. I think this is the barbell memory of many conservatives, like Father Z, who seem to focus on some long-ago offense, possibly before they were even born. Second, blue works quite well as a complement to Advent purple. Few churches I’ve seen are monochromatic in their approach to any other liturgical season, even ordinary time. So why would Advent be different? Banning blue seems extreme.
I’ve never read anything that would counterindicate one couldn’t use the color blue somewhere in an Advent church. When I reproduced the Advent wreath pic in the last Armchair Liturgist post, I noticed the candle color didn’t really get captured by my cell phone. The banners behind the Advent Angels look even bluer in the distance. I wondered if I’d draw any comment on that.
So sit in the (appropriately) purple chair and render judgment. Should blue replace purple? Is using blue as part of a palette including purple appropriate? Or is the ban on any blue appropriate?