Communion service

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Father Paul – Thank you for all the work you do! I’ve done some research on this question, but I haven’t come up with a concrete answer. Is there any guidance on the color of stole that a deacon should wear when conducting a communion service? Should the stole follow the color of the day or always be white?


A:  Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass calls for a stole (20), but it does not specify the color, which implies no particular color is required. White would always be appropriate, but it would also be fine to wear the liturgical color of the day.

For historical context, in the past, before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, when a priest led a communion service before or after Mass, he was allowed to wear the chasuble, which would logically have been the one of the color associated with the Mass of the day.