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The things we do for love.
For over a thousand years the only liturgical color was white. In Pope Innocent III (1198-1216)
"we find for the first time a determination of liturgical colors for specified days, along with the respective significance thereof. His rules are more or less those still in force today: white as the festive color (and he tries to discover a reason for the white-even in the white of the clouds on Ascension Day!), red for martyrs' days and Pentecost, black for days of penance and for Masses for the Dead, green for days without a festal character (Innocent III, op. cit., I, 65 (PL, CCXVII, 799-802). Cf. Braun, Die liturgische Gewandung, 729-736. Cf. E. G. Atchley, "Liturgical Colours," in V. Staley, Essays on Ceremonial (London, 1904), 89-176.). The sensuous interest in colors and the zeal in explaining their significance were alike manifestations of the spirit of the Gothic period."
(Jungmann, Mass of the Roman Rite, p 112)