What are the official colors of the Catholic Liturgy and what do they signify?

By Paul Dion, STL

As you all know, we Catholics have a lot to look forward to every Sunday. We know that when we get to church we will meet our friends and companions in Christ; we will hear a new hymn or two (we hope), we will hear different stories from the Bible than we heard the last Sunday and lately, we have seen a lot of colors flash before our eyes during the ceremonies.

This coming Sunday is the feast of Pentecost. This is the Sunday when we celebrate the filling of our heart with the Holy Spirit, the Advocate that Jesus promised us. This is the last Sunday when our altar decorations and priest vestments will have the last splash of a color other than green for a while.

The colors of Catholic Liturgy are symbols of our faith. They teach us a lesson about the mystery that we are celebrating during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The question then is this:

"Do you know What the official liturgical colors of the Catholic Liturgy are and what do they signify?"
Let us know what you think. Post your answers below. They don't have to be complete asnwers. Just give us the ones you know.