The Catholic Church Advent Period

By Veronica Wavinya

During advent, we use the purple colour that signifies penance and conversion. In the first three weeks and the fourth week the Church uses a violet vestment that indicates vibrant (lively) waiting hope for His coming. Rose colour is used on the third Sunday of Advent and the Fourth Sunday of Lent, a colour used as a sign of anticipated joy.

During the season of Christmas, white vestments are worn. White symbolizes Purity, virginity, innocence, and His birth, is symbolized by this colour. White is the liturgical colour of Christmas and Easter periods.

In advent season, three great people are figured out; John the Baptist who cries out in the desert; prepare the ways for the Lord’s coming. Meanwhile; Isaiah the Prophet, prophesies the coming of the Lord with his own experience. 

Finally, Mary the Mother of God for she heard the Word of God and pondered it in her heart, then put it in practice. For the Son of God came through her.

During Christmas season

Merry Christmas to all of you!

The sense of sight, including colour, plays an important role in Catholic worship. The colours of a Catholic priest’s vestments helps the faithful to know that certain celebrations are at hand.

Below are the colours used Liturgically in the Catholic Church!

  • Green: The color of vestments used during ordinary time when there is no feast. (Ordinary time is the rest of the year that’s not the Christmas or Easter season — it’s still important, it just has an unexciting name).
  • Purple or violet: Used during Advent and Lent, and along with white and black, these colors may also be used at Funeral Masses.
  • White and gold: Most appropriate for Christmas and Easter.
  • Red: For on feasts of the Passion of Jesus and for the Holy Spirit, representing red tongues of fire, in addition to being worn for the feasts of martyred saints, who shed their red blood for Christ.


  • Rose: On the Third Sunday of Advent and the Fourth Sunday of Lent, the color rose may be worn as a sign of anticipated joy.

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