Sunday, December 12, 2010
The color rose... the color of the dawn... and Our Lady.
The liturgical colors for today are rose vestments - the same color most men usually refer to as pink. Only women, priests, and artsy people know the difference. I always think it is funny when priests bend over backwards to make excuses, attempting to explain that the color is rose and signals rejoicing...
In reality, it can be a masculine color in Spain - matadors wear rose/pink tights, images of the boy Jesus show him dressed in pink - I believe it is mostly Americans who object to the color. That said, it is also a color of the Blessed Virgin... "coming forth as the dawn". Sometime watch the horizon as dawn nears and notice the pink, rose colors, turning peach and soft yellow against the white, changing to various stages of blue, sky. I believe Catherine of Laboure described Our Lady's gown something like that. And of course, these were the colors worn by Our Lady of Guadalupe as well. Therefore, what a perfect color for Gaudete - just two weeks before Christmas.
Mary, the dawn.