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Catholic Word of the Day: ALB, 06-14-10 ^ | 06-14-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 06/14/2010 8:05:57 AM PDT by Salvation

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A full length white linen vestment secured with a cincture used at Mass. An adaptation of the undertunic of the Greeks and Romans of the fourth century. It is blessed before being worn. It symbolizes the garment in which Christ was clothed by Herod and the purity of the soul with which the Sacrifice of the Mass should be offered. "Make me white O Lord and cleanse my heart that, made white by the Blood of the Lamb, I may be able to serve Thee" is said by the priest as he puts on the alb. It is also the white garment worm by the newly baptized person from Holy Saturday to the Sunday after Easter, Low Sunday, sometimes called the "Sunday in white." (Etym. Latin albus, white.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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I never knew about the white garment being worn by the newly baptized for an entire week. Apparently, that practice is discontinued.
1 posted on 06/14/2010 8:05:57 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 06/14/2010 8:10:45 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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For more vestments, see

Sacred Vestments

This is, in partuiclar, an alb and cinctures:

3 posted on 06/14/2010 5:30:37 PM PDT by annalex
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