01 December 2011

Advent Blues Survey

It's been a while since I have assisted at the Ordinary Form; the last Advent OF Mass I attended was three years ago, where my daughter and I were verbally assaulted by an usher-- a story for a different time.

In any event, I have had requests to send out a call for responses on what used to be a growing trend for priests to don blue chasubles instead of violet.  The theory being, I suppose, that violet is "too" penitential for the penitentially hopeful season of Advent.  Again, it has been a while, but I thought this fad had run its course.

But, in the interests of science, I ask you:  Does your priest wear blue vestments in Advent?

You can answer in the combox.  Feel free to name the parish-- but don't reveal the priest's identity, please.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Purple/Rose - St Ann's Carthage, MO

Hootiecootie said...

Nope, not at St. Francis de Sales Oratory! I hadn't even heard of such a strange concept. One can only hope that this concept will fade into the wild blue yonder!

Peggy IL said...

"He wore bluuueee....vestments...."

Actually, I have only seen blue vestments on Marian feasts... Not even that is liturgically approved I know. Some more traditional (NO) priests have worn glorious white with blue trim or adornments for Marian feasts.

Methodist Jim said...

We don't have a priest, but it's all purple at Living Word United Methodist Church.

Fr Bob Evans said...

I wear violet.

Karen said...

I don't believe I have ever seen this but on a related note, while browsing the St. Louis Catholic Supply website for Advent wreaths, I noticed they sell blue advent candles.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah....BLUE. Once again, the question of proper colors in the Rites.

I seem to remember one of you boyz questioning a year ago, or so whether or not a red altar cloth used in a new chapel was proper SHADE of red!

That's what I like about this blogsite: you boyz keep the important things in proper perspective.

-cdg

Fr. Andrew said...

White w/ blue trim for our Lady- a gift from my brother and his family. The parish loves it. I believe this IS approved it is only TOTAL blue that is not.

Violet/Rose for Advent. The Rose one is a gift from my farming parish. They like being known as the parish that gives Rose vestments.

HSMom said...

My first thought on looking at the chasuble in the picture was that it must have been used in an episode of Star Trek.

Anonymous said...

My only experience of a blue chasuble actually occurred at Easter. The rather fey priest from a South City parish seemed to luxuriate in his royal blue vestments as he fluttered up and down the aisles during his homily. He was later sent away following the revelation of certain, ahem, boundary issues with boys.

-Christophe

Anonymous said...

HSMOM ... that's funny. I guess it's what the boyz wear on the Enterprise.

/s

Peggy IL said...

Actually, you might notice in the culture/stores a move toward blue and white or silver for "winter holiday" themes, getting away from green and red which are associated with Christmas, which of course is Christian. Now, I first started seeing blue for Hannukah decor and wrapping, but it has expanded into the general secular "holiday" themes.

Anonymous said...

I saw blue yesterday at a parish near SLU. I have also seen pink vestments there on feasts of martyrs.

Iggy

jim said...

To anonymous,

It was our Lord who said that "he who is faithful in small things proves himself faithful in larger things."

aspiring deacon

Anonymous said...

This evening I went to St. Anne's Church in the Vatican. This is the one parish church located within the Vatican gates. I wasn't there for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so didn't see any vetsments, but I was quite saddened to see that the Advent wreath is sitting on the altar itself, and that instead of featuring three purple candles and one rose candle, there was one white candle, one purple candle, one red candle and a fourth candle of a color I can no longer remember. SadSam

Anonymous said...

Why is the gothic style of vestments rejected by the author of this blog and its followers? It certainly is a style used early in Church history.

markus

Anonymous said...

There's nothing Gothic about this cosmic Star Trek stylized blue vestment markus.

/s

thetimman said...

markus, I like the gothic style very well; I generally prefer the roman, but some of it is time & place. I do not like the neo-polyester-gothic tablecloth stuff pictured above.

Phillip Lichtenwalter said...

I wear purple/rose for Advent and Lent. I don't support the Blue/Purple or Red/Purple trends.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if polyester had been available when the gothic style was created, those who made vestments would have chosen the fabric. Their choices were quite limited.

/s writes:"There's nothing Gothic about this cosmic Star Trek stylized blue vestment markus."

How do you define gothic?
m