The color for each day in the liturgical calendar corresponds directly to each day’s main liturgical celebration. Optional Memorials (with a different color) might be chosen instead.

Take a look at the Liturgical Colors of the Catholic Church infographic to see specific correlations and meanings of the colors.

Liturgical Colors of the Catholic Church
  • Black – Death, Mourning, Despair – May be used for Masses for the dead
  • Gold – Joy – Gold can replace white, red, or green
  • Green – Hope, Growth, Increase, Life, Immortality, Fidelity – Used on Sundaysin Ordinary Time
  • Red – Sacrifice, Charity, Zeal, Holy Spirit – Used on commemorations of our Lord’s passion, the Apostles, Evangelists and martyrs; Pentecost
  • Rose – Subdued Joy, Relived Repentance – May be used on Gaudete Sunday and Laetare Sunday
  • Violet – Sorrow, Penitence, Preparation – Used during Seasons of Advent and Lent
  • White – Innocence, Purity, Virginity, Victory, Joy – Used on all occasions of joyful/glorious mysteries of our Lord, Mary and of the angels and saints

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