Being a liturgical nit-picker, I want my liturgical colors to be *correct*. But I find some of the color of Holy Week to be a puzzle.
Yesterday, the color of my parish for Palm Sunday was purple, which is indeed the custom in the Reformed Episcopal Church. I thought white to be more appropriate, but it is still Lent.
But it turns out red is the more common custom. Since red is the color for feasts of the passion and of martyrs, that is indeed appropriate.
Ritual Notes has it both ways. Red is the color for any blessing and procession of the palms. Purple is the color for the Eucharist itself.
That’s all very good. But then we come to Maundy Thursday, and the color is white. And there is more agreement in the church on that.
Now I would think Maundy Thursday is most definitely a feast of the passion and should therefore be red. But I was not consulted on this matter.
There is much more disagreement on the color for Good Friday. Looking around I’ve seen violet, red, and black (Black being the custom at my parish.)
This has me quite confused. I am even beginning to think the Holy Week rubrics are not infallible!
If anyone wishes to lift the confusion somewhat, feel free to comment.