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Red and Purple Vestments Jonathan Sunday, June 10, 2012


Hello Br. Ignatius Mary,

I'm aware of the symbolism behind the two colors but I came across an interesting tid bit as I studied for my psychology class. Red and purple are the opposite poles of the visible light spectrum. I figured the colors of the vestments may together symbolize amongst other things "the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega". Has this been formally recognized or just a coincidence?

Thank you for your awaited response.

Question Answered by Mr. Jacob Slavek

Dear Jonathan,

I did some digging and searching, including checking the Catholic Encyclopedia ( but I didn't see a reference to color symbolism with the Alpha and the Omega.

Still it is an interesting thought at least.  :-)

Mr. Slavek

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