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Liturgical Colors

Liturgical Colors

The following is a guide for clergy for the entire Liturgical Year. "Optional" indicates that there is no assigned color for that particular time of year. Apporpriate vestments for that time would be made of a color that is neither particularly dark, nor particularly bright. The decision rests with the Protos.

NOTE: Parishes who are receiving an Episcopal Visit at any time during the year should contact the Episcopal Assistant for the vestment color that the Bishop will be wearing.

September 1

Beginning of the Church Year
GOLD

September 2-7
OPTIONAL

September 8-12
Nativity of the Theotokos though its Leavetaking
BLUE

September 13
Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection
GOLD

September 14-21
Elevation of the Cross through its Leavetaking
RED

September 22 - November 14
OPTIONAL

November 15-20
Nativity Fast
RED

November 21-25
Presentation of the Theotokos through its Leavetaking
BLUE

November 26 - December 24
Nativity Fast
RED

December 25 - January 14
Nativity of the Lord & Theopany through its Leavetaking
GOLD

January 15 - February 1
OPTIONAL

February 2-9
Meeting of the Lord in the Temple through its Leavetaking
BLUE

February 10 - Cheesefare Sunday
OPTIONAL

March 25
Annunciation
BLUE

The Great Fast & Great and Holy Week

Beginning with Forgiveness Vespers, all services, except for the Akathist Service, the Sunday of the Cross and the Sunday after the Sunday of the Cross
PURPLE

Akathist Service
BLUE

Sunday of the Cross and the Sunday after
RED

Services of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday
GOLD

Palm Sunday PM through Great Saturday Vesperal Divine Liturgy, except Thursday Morning
PURPLE

Great Thursday Morning Vesperal Divine Liturgy
RED

Pascal Service through Saturday before Pentecost
WHITE

Pentecost through June 28
GREEN

June 29 & 30
RED

July 1-31
GREEN

August 1-5
Dormition Fast
BLUE

August 6
Transfiguration of the Lord
GOLD

August 7-12
Dormition Fast
BLUE

August 13
Leavetaking of the Transfiguration
GOLD

August 14
Dormition Fast
BLUE

August 15-23
Dormition through its Leavetaking
BLUE

August 24-28
OPTIONAL

August 29
Beheading of the Forerunner
RED

August 30
OPTIONAL