And are there any detailed information about the significance of colors? I'm guessing this can vary between jurisdictions, as I have seen photos of Russian Orthodox, for example, in different color vestments for a particular feast
Churches in the Greek tradition have a much looser tradition of vestment and church drape colors than do the Russians and most other Slavs. The basic variations in the Greek are "bright" and "dark", with "dark" being used during the four Lenten periods.
Russian tradition is more highly developed. While their typikons continue to specify simply "bright" or "dark", in practice, the system is more elaborate, when resources allow it:
- Green for Palm Sunday, Pentecost (including the week after Pentecost) and feasts of prophets and saints who are holy fools
- Purple for Great Lent
- Black for Holy Week
- White for Easter, Bright Week, up to Pentecost; also the period between the Nativity and the leave-taking of Theophany (sometimes extended to the day before Great Lent begins)
- Blue for feasts of the Mother of God
- Red for lenten periods other than Great Lent
- Gold for all other times.
There are slight regional and even parish variations to this, but the above generally applies.
I don't know what "holy fools" are.
Thank you for the info.
It may depend too on what is available. I know they just got green vestments for Fr. M. recently.
I do remember purple for lent. I'm not sure he had black for Holy Week, but he switched to white for Pascha.
I think Palm Sunday was green, and he has used green several times since then, including last two weeks I think.
I haven't seen the year - not even close - yet.
The Antiochian I went to, I think I remember his in black, and that was before Lent I think. That parish was newer though, and still working on getting the church painted.