He was showing great team spirit, since orange is the color for his country's team in the soccer World Cup. Problem was, this was a Mass.
Team spirit's okay: As long as you remember which team you're on. Those orange vestments made it look like the priest might be putting allegiance to a sports team ahead of allegiance to the Lord of Hosts. I trust that's not what he had in mind - but symbols matter.
The Catholic Church uses lots of symbols: including what colors are on the vestments worn by priests at Mass. That orange outfit roused my curiosity, so I dug around a little. Here's what the uniform colors are in America:
- Offices and Masses during the Easter and Christmas seasons
- Celebrations of
- The Lord other than of his Passion
- The Blessed Virgin Mary
- The Holy Angels
- Saints who were not Martyrs
- The Solemnities of All Saints (1 November)
- The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (24 June)
- The Feasts of Saint John the Evangelist (27 December)
- The Chair of Saint Peter (22 February)
- The Conversion of Saint Paul (25 January)
- Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
- Good Friday
- Pentecost Sunday
- Celebrations of the Lord's Passion
- The feasts of the Apostles and Evangelists
- Celebrations of Martyr Saints.
- The Offices and Masses of Ordinary Time
- Violet or purple
- It may also be worn in Offices and Masses for the Dead
- See White or black
- White or Black
- Vestments of these colors may be worn at funeral services and at other Offices and Masses for the Dead in the Dioceses of the United States of America.
- Rose may be used, where it is the practice, on
- Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent)
- Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
- On more solemn days, sacred vestments may be used that are festive, that is, more precious, even if not of the color of the day.
- Gold or silver colored vestments may be worn on more solemn occasions in the dioceses of the United States of America.
Those colors mean something: but it's getting late in my time zone, and that'll have to wait for another day.
Posts about symbols:
- "Public Displays of Devotion, a Diverted Flight, and Me"
(January 21, 2010)
- "Christmas Nativity Scenes and St. Francis of Assisi"
(December 24, 2009)
- "Swine Flu and Mexico City: No Baptisms, No Confirmations, No Mass - But Plenty of Faith"
(April 29, 2009)
- Chapter VI
"The Requisites for the Celebration of Mass," Committee on Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Update (July 23, 2010)
Vestment Colors, continued:
- "Catholic Vestment Colors: Symbols of Our Beliefs"
(July 23, 2010)