I was cantoring at Mass this morning in the Cathedral of St Patrick, and musing during the sermon on the colour of the Dean’s vestments. This led me to reflect on the old chestnut of “Blue/Violet/Purple” as the proper liturgical colour for Advent, which led me further to consider the question of the penitential nature of the season.
Happily there are blogs to solve all these little problems of life.
Hardman Window has a reflection on the penitential nature of the season here at Cooees.
And from there, I found a link to a fascinating blogsite for purveyors of vestments St Bede’s Studios. There is a deeply informative and well researched discussion by Michael Sternbeck on the liturgical colour of “violet” and its history. It is in two parts: Part One and Part Two.
AND (yes, wait, there’s more) theres this adorable picture of our saintly auxiliary, +Peter:
(Can you guess where it was taken? Clues in the picture if you don’t already know)