Funeral Vestments for Madison

I noted the discussion on PrayTell about funeral vestment colors in southern Wisconsin. That territory is well-traveled on this blog.

My own sense is that the monochromatic vestments seen in too many parishes do not do justice to the Mass.

In vestment design, I think the surroundings and the lighting of a nave must be taken into account. Shopping out of a catalogue is dicey.

I threw together a quick impression of what I would like to see in a parish’s funeral chasuble. I would use no more violet and black than this, but this communicates the maximum of those colors I would prefer to see at the Order of Christian Funerals.

Black is more swank these days than mourning. And violet is more Lent. A bad message to send would be to use the parish’s Lent and/or Advent vestments for funerals. White as a primary funeral color in the West makes sense if we’re serious about keeping the funeral centered on Christ.

In my parish, where we celebrate a half-dozen funerals a year, using the Easter vestment makes much more sense for us.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Funeral Vestments for Madison

  1. Thom, OFS says:

    I very much like your idea of combining the three classic funeral colors for one “funeral vestment.” The incorporation of all three colors is a good teaching moment, as well.

  2. Chase Becker says:

    Good call on using a combination of the three colors. I think it could work quite well.

  3. Jimmy Mac says:

    Black is a good color for vestments for that particular diocese.

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