Vesture for Reconciliation

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  What is the proper vesture for a priest celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  I can’t find anything written in the liturgical books.  

If it is an alb and stole, should it be violet?


A:   I treat this in my forthcoming book, Be Renewed.

The Order of Penance deliberately does not require a certain vesture for a priest because we may get asked to celebrate the sacrament on spontaneous occasions in unusual places apart from the church. Here’s my comment, though, in the book:


Although The Order of Penance does not specify how the priest vests, the penitent deserves visual reassurance that the person hearing confessions is indeed a priest. The minister would appropriately wear at least a stole over clerical dress, or over an alb or cassock and surplice. In unexpected circumstances the priest may hear a confession without any specific vesture.


Regarding the stole, violet is the traditional color.