Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Wearing red on Pentecost

Not being critical here, just curious. I noticed the following message in my Parish’s bulletin this last weekend:

Next weekend is Pentecost Sunday.
Please wear red at all Masses in
observanceof this celebration.
I know that my Parish is not the only one where this is being encouraged, I’ve seen and heard it all over the Internet.

My question is where did this come from? Is it from some Vatican document, local or national tradition, or maybe an attempt to counter the Rainbow Sash’s silliness?

I certainly have nothing against wearing red to Mass on Pentecost Sunday, but why don’t I ever see encouragement to wear Purple during Lent or Advent, white during Easter and Christmas, or black on All Souls day?

Does anyone know?

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