Friday, January 31, 2020
While I am at it. . .
This is not the only example. I could should hundreds of pictures of masses (Latin or Novus Ordo) with priests and deacons wearing different colors while serving at the same altar (especially concelebrations). Did they run out of one color and let people pick their choice? Did they run short and use the only color they had for the remaining priests (perhaps those who were late to the Sacristy that day)? Is there a reason for this?
Orthodox and Eastern Rite Roman Catholics have a somewhat different approach to the color of the season -- even within themselves much less in contrast to the West. So I would expect it there but why does it seem to happen so often among Roman Catholics -- even in papal masses? I wish someone would enlighten me as to where there is rhyme or reason to this or mere accident without any rationale. The Orthodox can often look like a cornucopia of color when they gather for festive services. Is there a hidden Roman rubric for this?
Colors are more recognizable at Lutheran altars because it is more likely that Lutherans use paraments. Many (dare I say most) Roman altars have no frontal whatsoever and the vestments of the priest(s) is the only clue to the color of the day and the season. Is there are reason for this? Are Lutherans and Anglicans the only ones who properly dress the altar? I wish someone had an explanation for this. It seems like many Roman altars are not works of art that deserve to be left uncovered and yet they are. I might understand it if the altar itself were a sculpted wonder of wood or stone. But the rest?