Altar Servers' Guide
PRAYERS TO KNOW
To Parents and Altar Servers
ALTAR SERVER DUTIES
Training with Fr. Pat in 2000
The liturgical seasons are there to help us change, grow, and become more mature as followers of Jesus Christ. One of the clearest signs of these seasons is the changing liturgical color. With each change of seasons, the Church changes the color of vestments as a visible sign of our need to change and grow. The colors used are:
WHITE — Used in Masses of the Easter and Christmas seasons; on feasts and memorials of the Lord Jesus, other than on the Passion; on feasts and memorials of Mary, the angels, saints who are not martyrs. All Saints (November 1), John the Baptist (June 24), John the Apostle (December 27), Chair of Peter (February 22), and Conversion of Paul (January 25). White is used on festive occasions (such as marriage and baptism) and may he used for Masses of the dead. White is a sign of joy.
RED — Used on Passion Sunday arid Good Friday, Pentecost, Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebration of the Passion, birthday feasts of the Apostles and Evangelists, and feasts of martyrs. Red symbolizes both the blood of Christ and martyrs and the Holy Spirit.
GREEN — Used on the Sundays and weekdays of ordinary time. This color symbolizes growth and hope.
PURPLE/VIOLET — Used in Advent and I Lent. It may be used in Masses of the Dead. It is a symbol of penance.
BLACK — May he used in Masses of the Dead, though it is no longer common.
PINK/ROSE —A color indicating joy. It may be used on Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent) and Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent).
GOLD — Substitutes for other colors and may be used on special feats and occasions.
On days when Votive Masses are permitted a color suited to the Mass itself or to the color of the day or season may be used. Masses for various occasions use color of the day or season.