Symbolism of Colours
whether displayed in dresses, the background of pictures, or
typifies grief, death.
Blue, hope, love of divine works; (in dresses) divine contemplation,
piety, sincerity. Pale blue, peace, Christian prudence, love of
good works, a serene conscience.
Gold, glory and power.
faith, gladness, immortality, the resurrection of the just; (in
dresses) the gladness of the faithful. Pale green, baptism.
tribulation. Purple, justice, royalty. Red, martyrdom
for faith, charity; (in dresses) divine love. Rose-colour,
martyrdom. Innocent III. says of martyrs and apostles, “Hi et illi
sunt flores rosarum et lilia convallium. ” (De Sacr, alto Myst.,
confessors. Scarlet, the fervour and glory of witnesses to
the Church. Silver, chastity and purity.
penitence. White, purity, temperance, innocence, chastity,
faith; (in dresses) innocence and purity.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894