Sunday, November 27, 2011

Blue vestments not in Roman Rite

There has been some talk all over the blogsphere about the use of blue vestments during Advent at Mass. Well, blue vestments are not approved for the Roman Rite. The only colors approved as vestments for the Roman Rite, as specified by Pope Innocent III in 1216, are as follows:

Violet: Advent, Pre-Lent, Lent, Ember Days, Rogation Days, confessions, the first half of baptisms, Extreme Unction, and any Votive Masses of penitential nature.

White/Gold: Christmas, Easter, Masses of Our Lord and Our Lady, the Feast of St. John the Evangelist (the apostle who was not martyred), feasts of the Saints who are not martyrs, second half of a baptism, Holy Communion outside Mass, Weddings, Confirmation, ordination outside of a violet vestment day, and anytime the regular color is not avaliable in the vestry.

Red: Feasts of Pentecost, the Holy Cross, all martyrs, and the votive Masses as such.

Green: Sundays and ferial days after Epiphany and after Pentecost.

Black: Requiem Masses and All Souls Day

So there you go, there are only 5 different colors that are approved for use in the Roman Rite. No blue is mentioned.

However, in the Sarum Rite, the official liturgy of Salisbury Cathedral (pre-Reformation), blue is used as a liturgical color for Advent and Feasts of Our Lady, including the Immaculate Conception (which always falls during Advent).

Whereas, a friend of mine is an Anglo-Catholic who belongs to a parish that uses blue as a liturgical color for the days/seasons I've mentioned above. Many Anglo-Catholic parishes will use blue only as a "tribute" toward the Sarum Rite of the Roman Rite, of which Quo Primum Tempore approves of since it was codified before the year A.D. 1370.  Sarum Rite Masses are rare, even in England, so I have not seen the full jist of a Sarum Mass, either in person or on video.

In accordance of Summorum Pontificum, I believe no indult is necessary to use the Sarum Rite since it's more than 200 years older the Quo Primum, but I may be wrong. The Dominican, Carmelite, and Ambrosian Rites are being used today in certain areas because they are 200 years older than Quo Primum just like the Sarum Rite, only they have not been destroyed like the Tridentine Rite was after Vatican II. Therefore, the Eastern Rite Catholic rituals may be celebrate as well because they obviously are more than 200 years older than Quo Primum.

In terms of the new Novus Ordo English translation, there have been problems already. Since I exclusively attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form, I have not witnessed any perils, although someone told Fr. Z that there is a typo in one publisher's version of the new missal, and the mistake happens to be the Introit for the First Sunday of Advent. Great. Worse off, people are still saying "and with also with you", while they are now supposed to be saying "and with thy spirit."

I wonder how many Masses this weekend are still invaild because nobody can get the words straight? Sadly, there are still too many abuses in the Novus Ordo Missae that cannot be corrected within itself, but can be corrected by trashing the 1970 book altogether and adopt the Traditional Latin Mass. There, no abuses exist, but they're minor and unnoticable if some unfortunately do.

The sermon today was a condemnation of "Black Friday," the crazy day after Thanksgiving where people camp-out in the mall parking lots to get in at a midnight opening to do Christmas shopping. Well, Christmas season does not start until December 25th, but people think that it's going on now with all the lavish decorations and music over the radio. According to the commericalized world, Christmas is over on the 25th at 11:59 PM, and you don't hear O Holy Night on the 26th!

For Catholics, however, Christmas starts on December 25th and ends on January 6th (Epiphany), with an octave until the 13th (Baptism of the Lord), with the final cycle ending on Candlemas (Feburary 2). But until then, we have to prepare in penance, just like Lent, although no fasting is required except on Fridays, Ember Days, and Christmas Eve. 

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