I didn’t get a chance to share Liturgical Colors with you, which is where the White comes in. I may throw in the others. May, let’s not get crazy.
Yesterday was a pretty day, wasn’t it? Whenever I talk about Mary I get all soft and full of strength. If she can do it – you know, this life thing – then I can. Catch up buttercups! 10 Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary
What is it?
In the Catholic Church we are all about symbolism. This is so we are always attentive to the subtleties of the faith – even if our minds wander. Yes, they wander, just ask Screwtape. who lives here in this book The Screwtape Letters.
The color white symbolizes light, innocence, purity, joy, triumph and glory. Priests change their vestments according to the time we’re in. As a partial example (because we’d be here all day!), in the season of Lent priests wear purple, for Palm Sunday, Pentecost and Feasts’ of the Martyrs, they wear red.
Since we’re focusing on white, here are the instances you will see white worn at mass:
- Season of Christmas
- Season of Easter
- Feasts of the Lord, other than of His passion
- Feasts of Mary, the angels, and saints who were not martyrs
- All Saints (1 November)
- Feasts of the Apostles
- Wedding Masses
- Masses for the dead (Requiem Masses) when the deceased is a baptized child who died before the age of reason
Why did I choose to share this particular “W” with you?
I just attended a wedding ceremony last month (not a wedding mass because communion wasn’t shared – they were in the RCIA program!) This couple has been married 28 years. 28 YEARS! She was the most beautiful bride. She wore a simple Audrey Hepburn style dress and her makeup was fantastic (because I did it!!). I snapped tons of pictures with her camera and my iPhone. There’s just something about witnessing that, last month. As they exchanged vows, she was petting his hand as if to assure him – I think he was welling up with tears. I was too. I am sure that in each others eyes they saw the years of love and strength, disappointment and strain, but they were still there and she was still wearing white. Their love is pure. Their hearts are pure with love of and for one another, and that, was truly a sight to behold.
This family has come into the Catholic faith just this Easter, and I was honored to be the sponsor for both the mother and her daughter.
Come back tomorrow to read all about my Catholic take on the letter X. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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