Liturgical Colors


LITURGICAL COLORS

The SIMPLE designation is a prescription which assumes that one has three sets of vestments - a set of non-metallic gold or some other pale color for general usage, a bright set of white, and a dark set of wine red or purple.

The TRADITIONAL designation is that commonly practiced in this country and which assumes multiple sets of vestments of varied colors.

Season or Feast

Simple

Traditional

September 1
Beginning of the Church Year

Bright

Gold

September 2 through 7

General or by Category

September 8 through 12
Nativity of the Theotokos through its Leavetaking

Bright

Blue

September 13
Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection

Bright

Gold

September 14 through 21
Elevation of the Cross through its Leavetaking

Dark

Red

September 22 through November 14

General or by Category

November 15 through November 20
Nativity Fast

Dark

Red

November 21 through 25
Presentation of the Theotokos through its Leavetaking

Bright

Blue

November 26 through December 24
Nativity Fast

Dark

Red

December 25 through January 14
Nativity of the Lord & Theophany through its Leavetaking

Bright

Gold

January 8 through February 1

General or by Category

February 2 through 9
Metting of the Lord in the Temple through its Leavetaking

Bright

Blue

March 25
Annunciation

Bright

Blue

February 10 through Cheesefare Sunday

General or by Category

 

The Great Fast & Great And Holy Week

 

Simple

Traditional

Forgiveness Vespers
changed during the Prokeimenon to

Bright
Dark

Gold
Purple

Weekdays of the Great Fast

Dark

Purple

Little Compline with Akathist Hymn

Bright

Blue

Saturdays and Sundays of the Great Fast
or some retain

Bright
Dark

Gold
Purple

Sunday of the Cross and the week following
or some retain

Dark
Dark

Red
Purple

Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

Bright

Blue

Services of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Bright

Gold

Palm Sunday PM through Wednesday PM

Dark

Black/Purple

Great Thursday Vesperal Divine Liturgy

Dark

Red

Great Thursday PM through Friday PM

Dark

Black/Purple

Great Saturday Vesperal Divine Liturgy
changed during "Arise, O God" to

Dark
Bright

Black/Purple
White

 

Season or Feast

Simple

Traditional

Pascha through Saturday before Pentecost

Bright

White

Pentecost through June 28

Bright

Green

June 29 and 30

Dark

Red

July 1 through 31

Bright

Green

August 1 through 5
Dormition Fast

Dark

Blue

August 6
Transfiguration of the Lord

Bright

Gold

August 7 through 12
Dormition Fast

Dark

Blue

August 13
Leavetaking of the Transfiguration

Bright

Gold

August 14
Dormition Fast

Dark

Blue

August 15 through 23
Dormition through its Leavetaking

Bright

Blue

August 24 through 28

General or by Category

August 29
Beheading of the Forerunner

Dark

Red

August 30

General or by Category

 

GENERAL

General means a vestment of a pale color, or a mixture of light colors, being neither particularly bright nor dark. The most common general color is a non0metalic gold. Such a vestment is worn during those periods of the year which belong to no particular liturgical or festal season.

 

Color by Category of Feast

 

Simple

Traditional

Of the Lord

Bright

Gold

Of the Theotokos

Bright

Blue

Of the Cross, the Forerunner, Apostles & Martyrs

Dark

Red

Of other Saints, Commemorations, etc.

Bright

Gold

 

Color by Season

The exceptions within these seasonal color designations are listed above.

Pascha through the Saturday before Pentecost

White

Pentecost through July 31st

Green

August 1st through the 23rd

Blue

August 24th through November 14th

General

November 15th through December 24th

Red

December 25th through January 14th

Gold

January 15th through Cheesefare Sunday

General

The Great Fast

Purple

Great & Holy Week

Black