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PURPLE

A color emblem of penance or sorrow used during the penitential seasons of Lent and Advent, except on saints' days and on the two Sundays when the color rose may be substituted. Purple may also be used (or white) in the eucharistic liturgy and Divine Office for the Dead.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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