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Judy Freels wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why are the statues in church covered red instead of the traditional purple during Holy Week?


  { Why are the statues in Church covered red instead of the traditional purple during Holy Week? }

Bob replied:


Holy Week has its own color because the emphasis is on the Love of God, most exemplified by the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross. Red is the liturgical color for God's love, which is also the color of blood, shed for us.


Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Judy,

While red is used to signify the Love of God, it is also used to signify the martyrdom of the saints, who shed their blood for Jesus, The Ultimate God-Man that was martyred for our sins and our salvation.

From a liturgical, priestly view maybe Fr. Jonathan has an opinion on your question.

In the past, I have always recollected purple being used throughout Holy Week but maybe this is just one of those small ‘t’ traditions or customs that varies from each diocese.


Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi Judy,

You need to ask a Liturgist for this question.

Fr. Jonathan

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