Why Do Bishops Wear Purple...
Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:39 AM
Is there a reason or just a tradition?
Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:05 PM
Purple was traditionally the color of royalty because in order to dye garments that color in antiquity, it required the use of the small gland in a sea snail that lived in the waters off Phoenicia. Purple was the most expensive color to make therefore it became associated with royalty because they were the only ones who could afford it. Bishops are considered Princes of the Church. As to the red color, it isn’t from the bird. The cardinal bird actually takes its name from the color of Cardinal’s cassocks. Cassocks also traditionally have 33 buttons down the front in symbolism of the number of years Christ was here physically, and 5 buttons on the cuffs to symbolize Christ’s 5 wounds. Red has always been a color to represent Christ’s passion, the fire of Pentecost and the blood of the lamb. Its association with Pentecost kind of made it the color of the Apostles, and therefore the College of Cardinals. White symbolizes truth, purity or the light of glory. White is the color that the newly baptized wear because it is seen as the color of the road to heaven (you know “walk to the light”). The Pope signifies our closest connection to that road.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:34 PM
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