Holy Week in Liturgical Colors

Lent  : Purple is indicated, as the stark color of repentance and solemnity.

Sunday of the Passion  : Scarlet is the preferred color of this first day of Holy Week, as it suggests the deep color of blood.

Days of Holy Week  : Scarlet or purple may be used for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday  : For this fourth day of Holy Week, celebrated as the institution of the Lord’s Supper, scarlet or white is used.

Good Friday  : No vestments or paraments are used on this day, after the stripping of the altar on Maundy Thursday night.

Vigil of Easter  : White as the color of joy in the Resurrection is used on this night.

Easter Day  : On this one day of the church year, gold may be used. White is the alternate, perhaps with gold running through it. The gold color indicates that this day is the “queen of feasts,” unique in the entire church year.

the meaning and use of liturgical colors