Colours Used During Masses of the Papa-Catholicos


1. Masses celebrated by the Archfather or else presided by the Archfather in grand choral habit used only two colours, red or white, in accordance with the colours associated with St. Stephen and ancient Byzantine custom.

2. Gold or silver may substitute for white. 

3. Gold is the colour of ordinary usage. Red (embellished with gold) is the solemn colour, and red, with or without gold, is the penitential colour. The use of red by the Papa-Catholicos as the solemn colour follows from ancient Byzantine custom and symbolizes the universal king-ship and royal priesthood of Christ. The dark colour during liturgy is purple or black as specified in the liturgical norms, which is used for the cope, along with a red pianeta. The mourning colour is red. Green, along with a white or gold pianeta, is worn on feasts and oc-taves for which green is specified in the liturgical norms.  



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