Pink or Rose?

Can a real man wear rose vestments? It’s a bit tricky. Those of us who strive to be liturgically correct still shy away from pink. There are too many flamingos out there, and pink is too hot a color for other reasons…

But here are some decent rose vestments. They’ve found muted colors and avoided hot Barbie doll pink.

  • elizabeth

    Southern men wear their pink proudly, from button-down shirts to golf wear. When I first moved here from the Northeast, I was a bit shocked at all the hetero good ol’ boys wearing pink and lavender and mint green, colors you don’t even see on women in Northern urban centers. I’ve grown to like it, however.

  • kkollwitz

    Real men wear pink….but not too often.

  • Anna B.

    “Men who wear pink send out a clear message that they perceive themselves as being cutting edge, modern, out of the ordinary and special.”Retailer Moss Brothers

  • The Sheepcat

    I was curious how long ago pink became associated with effeminacy in men, because more than one image of the boy Jesus in the temple has him dressed in robes that sure look pink to me, and I’m sure Jesus wasn’t effeminate.Says Wikipedia,”In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s[5]. From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because it was the more masculine and decided color while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color[6][7]. Since the 1940s, the societal norm apparently inverted so that pink became appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century[8].”

  • niggle

    Pink got hijacked for sure. The rose, or pink, seems suitable when it has that ashen tinge in it, as seen in the middle photo.

  • PraiseDivineMercy

    Haha… My friend and I are fans or a particular anime show where the main character always wears a pink shirt. We heartily agree, “Real men wear pink.” It’s a common saying on our fan forum. ^_^

  • MaggieClitheroe

    I once restored an early 19th C painting of a small child in a white dress with a pink sash. Everyone else thought it must be a girl (it had quite long hair too) but the face seemed quite boyish to me, and I knew that pink being associated with girls was made a lot later – sure enough, I found the name of the child at some point, and it was a boy! One of my son’s favourite colours when he was little was pink, though I never dressed him in it, being, as I am, too conditioned by my age – but then I discovered much later that he was colour blind, so he was probably seeing some kind of blue anyway ha ha!Rose liturgical vestments are lovely, if they are properly made, and if the Priest is celebrating ad orientem, then he doesn’t have to worry about the colour “not suiting” him (as one former Parish Priest of mine used to say in defence of his never using rose vestments!).

  • Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ

    We had decent can see on Laetare Sunday Mass & Vespers on my blog..Incidentally..we called our daughter Rosie ‘pinkie’ for the day! Not that the 15 year old was very impressed! lol

  • jeron

    Rose & pink are perfectly appropriate for men.

  • Mephibosheth

    One Roman priest in a pale pink coat heard…lay ee odl lay ee odl loo!($1 to the first person who can give the reference…)

  • kkollwitz

    lay ee odl lay ee odl looLonely Goatherd

  • Carolina Catholic

    It’s interesting how when you include pictures of priests doing things properly (proper orientation during Mass, proper vestments, etc.), they are typically of priests who celebrate the Tridentine Mass.When looking for liturgical silliness, on the other hand, it’s not hard to find a Novus Ordo priest for a photo op.

  • kentuckyliz

    You wear dresses every day and complain about rose/pink? What that might be saying about your manhood?Gimme a break.