What colors are used during the various liturgical seasons?

Each liturgical season has a special color assigned to it that determines what color the priest and deacon’s vestments are and also to determine how the church is decorated. Here is a basic list of the colors:
White: White is used for all the feast days and during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Red: Red is used on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Pentecost. It is also used when we celebrate the feast day of a Martyr.
Green: Green is the color of ordinary time.
Violet or Purple: Purple is used for both the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Rose: Pink (or Rose) is used only twice in our liturgical year, on Guadate and Laetare Sundays.

Julianne Wallace

Julianne Wallace

Julianne E. Wallace is the associate director of faith formation, worship, and ministry at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. She earned an M.T.S in Word and Worship from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Julianne is passionate about sharing the joy of liturgy with others and helping everyone to worship well.


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