Meaning of the color: purple

Purple is a color often used during Advent and Lent and on other days of penance and preparation. Nowadays, this color is also more often used at funerals instead of black. Purple symbolizes penance, repentance and preparation and can be seen as black with a glow of light. 

The various vestments can be admired in the crypt of the church hall. So are you in the monastery, be sure to take a look at these beautiful vestments. 

Meaning of the color: red

In the Catholic Church, the color Red symbolizes the blood of martyrs and the fire of the Holy Spirit. A priest wears red clothing on Palm Sunday, Pentecost and during the commemoration of martyrs who died by martyrdom. Because of an ancient Byzantine custom, priests also wear red clothing at the funeral of a Pope. Since 1969, red has been worn during Good Friday as a symbol of the shed blood of Jesus Christ during His suffering and death. 

The various vestments can be admired in the crypt of the church hall. So are you in the monastery, be sure to take a look at these beautiful vestments. 

If you have visited the crypt at Leerhotel Het Klooster , you will not have failed to notice the beautiful priestly vestments hanging there. The crypt is located under the altar of the church hall at Leerhotel Het Klooster. A crypt is a space under a church building, usually intended as a burial place or to display relics of martyrs and other saints. 

In the crypt are various priestly vestments worn during Mass. The colors of these liturgical vestments not only refer to the church year, but also have a symbolic meaning. We will be happy to tell you more about the meaning of these different vestments. 

In the Catholic Church, there are several colors used during the liturgy. The most common colors are green, red, white, purple, black and pink. Liturgy is the set of prescribed prayers, ceremonies and actions that make up a worship service. Liturgy, therefore, actually represents the performance of the people's service.  

History of liturgical colors 

Pope John Paul II approved the General Instruction for the Roman Missal in 2000, explaining that the different colors express both the uniqueness of the mysteries of faith and the sense of the advancing Christian life in the church year. 

According to eighteenth-century Pope Benedict XIV, white was the only liturgical color until the fourth century. Later, other colors followed, but their use was not the same everywhere: in Germanic areas, for example, red was considered the festival color instead of white. In 1570, Pope Pius V determined when which colors should be used. His decision still largely applies today. 

The various vestments can be admired in the crypt of the church hall. So if you are in the monastery, be sure to take a look at these beautiful vestments! 

Curious about the different vestments? We will inform you about the colors and their meanings in subsequent blogs on the colors of priestly vestments.

Moses with the two stone tablets on which the ten commandments are written. He received these from Gos, on Mount Sinai, Exodus 19:1-25. Wooden statue taken from the pulpit in the St. Nicolaaskerk in Baarn. This pulpit was demolished in the late 1960s. The Amersfoort Kruisheren took care of six damaged statues and transferred them to their monastery.

The Prophet Elijah
Wood, unsigned, last quarter of 19th century

Peter was one of the most important apostles, testifying to Christ's life, teachings, death and resurrection. The key refers to the "key power" allegedly given to him by Jesus. Wooden statue from the pulpit in the St. Nicolaaskerk in Baarn. This pulpit was demolished in the late 1960s. The Amersfoort Kruisheren took care of six damaged statues and transferred them to their monastery.

This cock has served as the tower cock on our church tower at a height of 52 metres for 65 years. It will be replaced by a new tower cock in 2021. The beautiful pedestal was made by the students of MBO TRACK workshop of MBO Amersfoort Entree-opleidingen. The cock is traditionally an attribute of the apostle Peter as a reference to the denial of Jesus and his repentance.

The old cockerel now has a place in our church hall.

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