Green Vestments 2: Shades

Some years ago, I blogged on Pope Benedict’s light green, right. It has an advantage: it’s a pastel coloring and not fluorescent or lime.

Speaking of lime, some of these fruits have a pleasing darker color, and maybe that’s about as light as I would prefer a green vestment.

In liturgical circles, I most often see a medium green. And gold is the near-universal highlight.

On that link above, I praised the committee choice in my last parish:

My parishioners chose silver to go with an orphrey of warmer colors. Our main consultant didn’t seem happy with our edging to a shade with more gravitas.

I don’t have an objection to gold, but I think an ordinary time vestment could go even a bit darker than the one above. Arte Grosse offers chasubles in green and this, in forest green. left.

This duskier shade might do better with something brighter as an orphrey for a Sunday Mass. Gold would be great here. Something shiny offers a more striking contrast. And for the record, I don’t think clergy vestments should help them fade into the background.

For daily Mass, however, in a small chapel, this understated chasuble seems about right.


How dark would I go? How about you? How about this combination with a textured gold?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Green Vestments 2: Shades

  1. Liam says:

    Much depends on the ambient lighting (natural and artificial) and furnishings. I recall a vestment pattern from the ’60s into early ’70s where the darkest green was used in the winter (evergreen green (tilting towards the glaucous blue side of green), I assumed), and the brightest green in late spring/early summer then a medium green. All with damask-brocade type fabric (nothing too flashy, though) back in those days; that was a contrast to the strictly utilitarian parochial school auditorium setting. No Kelly green.

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