The Worship Committee meets periodically with the clergy to discuss, plan and prepare the liturgical events of our parish. We, at Saint Anne Parish take this responsibility very seriously. It is through Worship & Liturgy: what we pray, is what we believe, is how we live. Sunday, the ‘Lord’s Day’ is the principal day for the celebration of the Eucharist because it is the day of the Resurrection. It is the pre-eminent day of the liturgical assembly, the day of the Christian family, and the day of joy and rest from work. Sunday is ‘the foundation and kernel of the whole liturgical year’ (SC 106).

Father Paul Nguyen, Chairperson

Vestments add expression to the liturgical year

By Christina Lee Knauss (The Catholic Miscellany)

The beautiful, ornate vestments worn by priests are one of the most visual elements of the Mass. Different colors and decorations, often embroidered in rich, glimmering fabrics add to the mystery of the Eucharist, remind us of the season we are in, and enhance our experience of the celebration. Vestments signify the role the priest plays in the life of the Church. Bur how much do you know about those symbolic garments? All priests must wear three garments to celebrate Mass, according to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM). What are the vestments called?

ALB – The alb is a white, long-sleeved garment that is cinched at the waist. It derives from the classic Roman tunic and its name comes from the Latin for white, albus, according to author Sarah Bailey in her book Sacred Vestments. This was one of the earliest garments adopted by Christians, primarily because of its similarity to much of the clothing that was worn in the first centuries of the church.

STOLE – Evan writes that the stole, which is draped around the neck, has its origins in the Roman orarium, which was worn by people to designate their membership in certain organizations and rank within the group. Deacons in Eastern churches adopted the orarium as a vestment in the fourth century, and Western churches adopted in a little later. The term “stole” did not come into common use until the 12th century. By the 16th century, the stole was recognizable as a vestment worn by bishops, priests and deacons. Priests wear a stole around the neck and hanging in front of the chest.

CHASUBLE – This is a circular garment that reaches the hands and has an open neck. It is the most decorative item worn by the priest and is placed over the alb and stole. It evolved from long outer garments worn for travel during the later years of the Roman Empire, and started in a poncho-style known originally as a casula, or “little house” in Latin. The shape of the chasuble has evolved over the centuries.

Vestments Colors

According to the General Instruction (#345), different colors are worn “to give more effective expression . . .  whether to the specific character of the mysteries of the faith to be celebrated or to a sense of Christian life’s passage through the liturgical year.”

WHITE – During Christmas, Easter, the feast of the Holy Trinity, and celebrations of Mary and saints who were not martyrs. White can also be worn on All Saints, Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and feasts of St. John the Evangelist, Chair of St. Peter and Conversion of St. Paul. It is sometimes worn at funerals.

RED – On Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Pentecost, celebrations of the Passion, and for saints who were martyrs.

GREEN – During Ordinary Time.

VIOLET or PURPLE – During Advent or Lent seasons.

ROSE – The 3rd Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday, and the 4th Sunday of Lent, or Laetare Sunday.

GOLD or SILVER – In United States dioceses, these can be worn on solemn occasions.

BLUE – Blue vestments are not generally approved. On Marian feast days or at Masses dedicated to Mary, priest may wear white vestments with blue trim or ornamentation.

LITURGICAL CALENDAR

Each year, the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops publishes the Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America. This calendar is used by authors of ordines and other liturgical aids published to foster the celebration of the liturgy in our country.

The calendar is based upon the General Roman Calendar, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on February 14, 1969, subsequently amended by Pope John Paul II, and the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America, approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Prot. n. 578/10/L, July 24, 2010).

Liturgical Calendar 2016  (PDF)

The USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship has prepared 2017 edition of the Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America. The calendar lists each day’s celebration, rank, liturgical color, Lectionary citations, and Psalter cycle (for the Liturgy of the Hours).

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