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Vestments for Christmas

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Christmas is a Christian holiday that is used to commemorate the birth of Jesus. The English name Christmas ("mass on Christ's day") is quite new. The precise origin of identifying December 25 as Jesus' birth date is unknown. The New Testament has no hints in this regard. Sextus Julius Africanus selected December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth in 221, and it eventually became the internationally recognized date.

Christmas became extensively celebrated with a unique liturgy in the ninth century. Still, it did not achieve the liturgical prominence of Good Friday or Easter, the other two great Christian festivals. The first Christmas mass is held at midnight in Roman Catholic churches, while Christmas candlelight services are increasingly held late on the evening of December 24 in Protestant churches. A unique "lessons and carols" session intertwines Christmas songs with Scripture readings chronicling redemption history from the Fall in the Garden of Eden until Christ's arrival.

Vestments worn during Christmas

The color worn by a priest when celebrating Mass in the Roman Catholic Church coincides with the liturgical color of the season, which is the color that the Church has chosen for a certain period or day on the Church's calendar. The colors of the priest's vestment, including the outer gown, chasuble, and other vestments like the stole, are replicated throughout the Church. For its liturgical calendar, the Church today employs the colors black, green, red, purple, and white, with rose as an optional sixth color. The Church places a high value on each color.

The colors of the vestments Priests wear during Christmas are white and gold. White is considered to symbolize innocence, purity, joy, triumph, and grandeur; you will see it at holidays such as Christmas, Easter, All Saints' Day, and wedding ceremonies.

Advent and Lent are seasons of preparation and repentance symbolized by the color purple. White is used to symbolize the feasts of Christmas Day and Christmastide, Epiphany Sunday, Baptism of the Lord Sunday, Transfiguration Sunday, Easter Season, Trinity Sunday, and Christ the King Sunday.

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