Colors of the Liturgical (White, Red, Green, Rose, Violet)
The Church uses color to represent liturgical symbols and themes. The most common noticed use of color are the vestments worn by priests. The ambo (pulpit or lectern), altar, and banners may also make use of liturgical color.
On occasion, you may notice Black or Gold vestments worn. Black is used for funerals, and Gold sometimes is used instead of White.
We will discuss the five colors (White, Red, Green, Rose, and Violet) worn during normal liturgical worship and Masses throughout the year in the United States as prescribed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
White – a sign of light, innocence, purity, joy, triumph, glory
Season of Christmas
Season of Easter
Feasts of the Lord (other than of Good Friday)
Feasts of Mary, the angels, and saints who were not martyrs
All Saints and All Souls Day
Red – a Sign of the Passion; blood, fire, God’s love, martyrdom
Feast of the Lord's Passion (Good Friday)
Feasts of the martyrs
Green – a sign of the Holy Spirit, life eternal, hope
Time After Epiphany until Lent*†
Time After Pentecost until Advent*†
*Except Feast Days and Solemnities where other colors are used (refer to other colors)
† Referred to as Ordinary Time
Violet – a sign of penance, humility, melancholy
Season of Advent
Season of Lent
Rose - a sign of joy
Third Sunday in Season of Advent
Fourth Sunday in Season of Lent