10 Things You Didn’t Know About Catholic Vestments

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys go through Fr. Rich’s priest wardrobe and explore the history and meaning of Catholic Liturgical Vestments.

Episode 154:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• Why do priests always wear black?
• What’s up with the priest’s Roman collar?
• What do the different colors of vestments mean?
• Why don’t priests wear black vestments anymore?
• The prayers that are said while being vested
• and much more


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8 comments on 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Catholic Vestments

  1. Phillip C. Lahrmer says:

    Do the individual churches purchase the vestments or does the priest?

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    This was all interesting and Fr. Rich makes a good model as he seems relaxed. All I could think of was how lucky priests are that all these garments are professionally washed and/or cleaned. YIPES! Fr. Rich you proved that you can be a priest and still look good! But all those layered garments make you look chubby. I just had to put in a superficial observation and be fresh.

    There is a lot of praying that goes on as you layer yourself in these garments. It made me wonder about the priests who defiled their garments. How can they do this when they are saying specific prayers for chastity and against concupiscence is beyond me. Evil took over.

    Thank you Fr Rich for our blessing!

  3. Philomena says:

    Just a great blessing to remind us of the Catholic vestments colours, silence, prayer as a priest prepares to vest himself in charity and unselfish love to serve and not be served. Now I understand in-depth so I can also prepare myself to participate in the Holy Mass. Thank you! You are a great model Fr. Rich!

  4. Patricia Flynn says:

    I especially liked the texture of the white vestment fabric. It gave the garment a finished look, which is sometimes difficult for white. There’s no question but that this is meant as a formal over-garment. Wonderful show!

  5. FHL says:

    These colours become almost a mobile setting for each character in the writings of Mary Flannery O’Connor, who died of Lupus at age 39 in the 1960s. Nothing she wrote was random, short story or novel. Much of what she wrote she thought was funny, so often read aloud from ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find’ when asked, since its sober tones usually kept her from any outbursts. A devout RC from birth, she recorded in a Prayer Journal her thoughts about her Faith, with the same quirky dark raw insight used in her fiction. Her mention of black, white, purple, red, rose, green, blue, etc. can be interpreted by secular critics differently, but reading her collection in my 50s, knowing of her devotion to the Church, gave her characters and their circumstances an unexpected intimacy, like an inside joke between friends, a gem of great worth hidden in the field…

  6. Sally says:

    Another interesting episode. Thank you all. And to Father Pagano, Father Schmitz has got nothing on you! So impressed by your spirit and humor.

  7. Donna Beedy says:

    Thank you thank you love this podcast. Now I can go back to my own pastor and tell him what I know about his vestments.

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