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Why do priests wear different colors?

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Priests in the Roman Catholic Church wear different vestment colors to symbolize a particular season. For example, violet is worn during Advent and red is used during Good Friday. Along with the vestment colors, specific music, prayers and readings are used to express a specific season or holiday.

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Violet vestments are used during Advent and Lent to represent the arrival of Jesus Christ. During Good Friday and Palm Sunday, the vestments change to red to symbolize the passion of Jesus. Red is also used during the sacrament of Confirmation and on Pentecost to represent the Holy Spirit. White is seen as a color of joy and is used for the holidays of Easter and Christmas. It is also sometimes used at funerals as a symbol of the resurrection. During Ordinary Time, defined as the time between the holiday seasons, green is worn to symbolize hope and life.

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