Used During Masses of the Papa-Catholicos
celebrated by the Archfather or else presided by the Archfather in
grand choral habit used only two colours, red or white, in accordance
with the colours associated with St. Stephen and ancient Byzantine custom.
2. Gold or
silver may substitute for white.
Gold is the colour of ordinary usage. Red (embellished with gold) is
the solemn colour, and red, with or without gold, is the penitential
colour. The use of red by the Papa-Catholicos as the solemn colour
follows from ancient Byzantine custom and symbolizes the universal
king-ship and royal priesthood of Christ. The dark colour during
liturgy is purple or black as specified in the liturgical norms, which
is used for the cope, along with a red pianeta. The mourning colour is
red. Green, along with a white or gold pianeta, is worn on feasts and
oc-taves for which green is specified in the liturgical norms.
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