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Saturday, May 2, 2015
Are Priests Allowed to Wear Blue Vestments?
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Answer: Yes but only in rare situations. 

The blue chasuble may only be worn by Spain and its dominions beyond the sea. It was a privilege originally given by Pope Pius VII to the Hispanic Church in 1817, later reaffirmed by Pope Pius IX in 1864, in recognition for the centuries-old Hispanic defense of Mary's Immaculate Conception.

No other nation is authorized to use it, and doing so constitutes a grave abuse. The exception is a rare dispense that was given temporarily to Marian shrines on special occasions.

2 comments:

del_button December 12, 2015 at 12:38 AM
John Palomo said...

Greek Catholics were blue vestments for all feasts celebrating the theotokos.

del_button December 12, 2015 at 2:37 AM
Matthew said...

John, that's a good point. I was only referring to Latin Rite (i.e. Roman Catholic) priests.

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