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  • Liturgical Vestments

    08/04/2016 9:21:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 08-04-16 | Fr. William Saunders
    Liturgical VestmentsFr. William Saunders The liturgical vestments worn at Mass have evolved over time. Nevertheless, since the earliest days of the Church, liturgical vestments have been worn by priests for the celebration of the Mass. Even though priests of the Old Testament wore vestments in their liturgical rites, the “Christian” vestments are not really adaptations of them.Rather, the vestments of the Christians developed from the dress of the Graeco-Roman world, including the religious culture.Nevertheless, the Old Testament idea of wearing a special kind of clothing in the performance of liturgical rites did influence the Church. St. Jerome asserted, “The Divine...
  • (Catholic) Vesting Prayers • Part 1 of 8

    07/05/2015 4:18:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    ccwatershed ^ | July 5, 2015 | David Friel
    HAT IS THE PURPOSE of sacred vestments, and what is their origin? These are questions that most ordinary Catholics probably could not answer. A very good (and very concise) explanation of liturgical vesture is given by Fr. Mauro Gagliardi, consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff (available from the Vatican webpage). His article is well worth a look. The Roman Rite could have developed in such a way that the Sacraments are celebrated by priests who dress in the clothes common to their culture, but it did not. Instead, a system of sacred vestments worn...
  • Vestments (Tridentine Community News)

    06/20/2011 1:44:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Tridentine Community News (June 19, 2011):[Today’s column is an update of our June 25, 2006 edition.] If you have been attending the Tridentine Mass for a while, you have surely noticed that a greater variety of vestments is used than is typically seen at a Novus Ordo Mass. Today we will examine what they are, as well as their symbolism.The base garment that a priest wears is the black cassock, or robe. This is the same type of robe that altar servers wear. Over the shoulders of the cassock, a priest wears an amice, a white hood-like garment that symbolizes...
  • The Color of Vestments [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/23/2014 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | not given | Fr. William Saunders
    The Color of Vestments Fr. William Saunders Q: Would you please explain the different colors used at Mass and the vestments? In my travels, I have even seen blue and black vestments which I have never seen before.The Church’s liturgical norms do prescribe specific vestment colors for various celebrations. The purpose of utilizing different colors for vestments is twofold: first, the colors highlight the particular liturgical season and the faithful’s journey through these seasons. Second, the colors punctuate the liturgical season by highlighting a particular event or particular mystery of faith. The following explanation is based on the norms of...
  • Extreme Makeover: the Clergy Edition

    10/06/2013 3:58:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | October 6, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The New York Times this weekend offered something surprising, a profile of the popular vestment manufacturer CM Almy, which is creating new fashions for female clergy: Stephen Fendler, president of CM Almy, shows off a rack of samples from his brand-new women’s collection, pointing out a piece he’s particularly proud of: a black blouse in a stretchy jersey knit.But Mr. Fendler’s collections won’t be seen on the runways anytime soon. CM Almy says it is the largest, and one of the oldest, American producers of clerical clothing, and its models are hitting the pulpit instead of the catwalk. Their designers...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOUTANE, 05-07-12

    05/07/2012 8:04:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 05-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SOUTANE A cassock worn by the clergy. A long, fitted garment covering the body from neck to ankle, fastened by means of buttons, sash, or cord. (Etym. French; from Italian sottana, garment worn under [religious vestments], from sotto, under; from Latin subtus, beneath, from sub, under.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICALS, 04-26-12

    04/26/2012 8:06:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Catholic ^ | 04-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CANONICALS Ecclesiastical garments worn by officiating clergy. They are vestments ordered by church law. (Etym. Latin canonicus, according to a precept; belonging to the summary or record.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MANIPLE, 12-15-11

    12/15/2011 9:30:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 12-15-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MANIPLE An ornamented small vestment, long and narrow, formerly worn over the left arm of a celebrant at Mass. Originally it was a folded handkerchief. It is no longer a required vestment. (Etym. Latin manipulus, that which fills the hand; from manus, hand.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • The Viennese Cardinal's Ugly Vestments

    04/08/2011 9:07:38 PM PDT · by 0beron · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 4/08/11 | Tancred
    One of the Vienna Cardinal's regalia was so ugly that he even presented it at the Old Liberal trade exhibition in Italy. Their "simple" vestments ( The Viennese Liturgy seminar will feature clerical robes at the clerical exposition „koiné 2011“ in the northern Italian city of Vicenza. The website '' reported this in March. For Sister Imelda Ruf the dubious invitation to the Mass "a promise that we are on the right way." The Sister belongs to the Benedictine Cloister Steinerkirchen fifty kilometers south west of Linz.
  • Bad Vestments (continued)

    12/10/2010 5:31:46 AM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    This site is dedicated to subjecting particularly awful Christian liturgical vestments or church decorations to the ridicule they so richly deserve. Contributions are welcome and can be e-mailed to websterglobe at juno dot com. (The following is a sampling of recent features on that blog) COCK-A-DOODLE-DON'T There might be a liturgical reason for this but I'll be damned if I can figure out what it is. ALTERATIONS WHILE U WAIT If the phrase "too clever by half" ever suggests itself, you're doing it wrong. FRONTAL? Or Jackson Pollock's bath mat? DEFINITION Dignity 1. The quality or state of being worthy...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROCHET, 06-29-10

    06/29/2010 8:56:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 06-29-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ROCHET A sleeved over-tunic of white linen, lace trimmed or embroidered, worn by bishops, abbots, and other prelates. It is an unofficial vestment. (Etym. Middle English rochet, red; from Latin rubeus, reddish.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Blue Liturgical Vestments (and more on Paschal Candles)

    05/11/2010 11:12:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies · 380+ views ^ | May 11, 2010 | Father Edward McNamara
    Blue Liturgical Vestments And on Paschal Candles ROME, MAY 11, 2010 ( Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.Q1: During his visit to Austria in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI wore a blue chasuble and stole as well as a blue miter. Does this mean that blue vestments may now be used for feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary? -- C.J., Anaheim, California Q2: Attending Mass at our parish church on the feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, I saw that our parish priest was proudly wearing his new...
  • Turin Exhibition of Christ Exhibits Antique Vestment Work

    04/23/2010 4:18:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 227+ views
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | April 23, 2010 | SHAWN TRIBE
    One of our readers, an American priest in Italy, recently visited the museum of La Venaria Reale in Torino, Italy, where, for the occasion of the exposition of the Shroud of Turin, they are hosting a corresponding exhibition which is focused on images of Christ. Their exhibition includes various forms of sacred and liturgical art, particularly paintings and sculpture, from the earliest ages of Christendom to the baroque era. It also includes some wonderful antique vestments which our priestly reader sent our way, and which I wished to share with you today.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AMICE, 12-07-09

    12/07/2009 8:54:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies · 314+ views American Bible ^ | 12-07-09 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AMICE A short, oblong vestment of white linen worn beneath the alb to cover the shoulders of the priest while celebrating Mass. Now optional in the Latin Rite. When putting on the amice, the priest says, "Put on my head, O Lord, the helmet of salvation in order to repel the assaults of the devil." (Etym. Latin amictus, garment, mantle, cloak; from amicire, to throw around.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Vestments… Tools of the Liturgical Trade! [Ecumenical]

    12/30/2008 7:26:40 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 1,832+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 30, 2008 | Hugh J. McNichol
    One of the aspects that most people don’t even think about on a daily and weekly basis while attending Mass are the liturgical vestments of the priest and deacon. The chasuble and dalmatic are proper vestments to the order of priest and deacon respectively. Also, common to those ordained ministers is the stole, which in the case of the priest is placed over the shoulders and around the neck, for the deacon, the stole is draped diagonally from the left shoulder. For the most part their purpose today is just significant to identify which role the celebrants and assistants of...
  • Pope’s ancient ornaments and vestments underscore continuity in the liturgy

    06/27/2008 1:52:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 127+ views
    CNA ^ | June 26, 2008
    Msgr. Guido Marini Rome, Jun 26, 2008 / 08:03 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini explained that the distinct ancient liturgical ornaments and vestments being used by Pope Benedict XVI underscore “the continuity of the current liturgical celebration with that which has characterized the life of the Church in the past. The hermeneutic of continuity is always an exact criterion for reading the course of the Church in time.  This also applies to the liturgy.” In an interview with the L’Osservatore Romano, Msgr. Marini said that “just as a Pope cites the Pontiffs...
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass: Liturgical Vestments

    06/01/2008 5:57:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 408+ views ^ | Not given | Fisheaters
    Liturgical Vestments   When vesting for the liturgy, the cleric first washes his hands, praying: Give virtue to my hands, O Lord, that being cleansed from all stain I might serve you with purity of mind and body. Latin version:Da, Domine, virtutem manibus meis ad abstergendum omnem maculam ut sine pollutione mentis et corporis valeam tibi servire.     Then he puts on his:   AmiceSymbol of the helmet of salvationThe amice is a rectangular piece of white linen with two strings at the upper corners which a cleric uses underneath his alb to cover the neck so that the Roman...
  • Of Miters and Men (brief look at symbolism of bishop's vestments) [Ecumenical]

    06/01/2008 2:49:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 253+ views
    CUF blog ^ | May 20, 2008 | Leon Suprenant
    There’s an adage that says “the clothes make the man.” Of course we know that that’s not the case. However, I think a brief look at the symbolism of some of the bishop’s vestments and accoutrements provide some important insights regarding the role of the bishop as servant of the Gospel.                                                                                           First, there’s the bishop’s ring, which symbolizes his marriage to his particular Church or diocese. He stands in the person of Christ the Bridegroom in relation to His bride, the Church. In totally giving of himself for the People of God entrusted to him, the bishop is called to imitate...
  • Conversi ad Fiddle-Back (NY's Cardinal Egan adopts more traditional vestments)

    03/23/2008 5:00:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 413+ views
    WITL ^ | March 22, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    (Easter Night; 11.35pm) Well, it would appear that the Pope's vestments have made an early landing in Gotham.... Already circulating among the New York clergy are shots of Cardinal Edward Egan wearing an old Roman-style chasuble at tonight's Easter Vigil in St Patrick's Cathedral. For the record, however, the set didn't come from Rome, but France. As the Big Apple church marks its bicentennial year, the Fra Angelico-inspired hand-embroidered "fiddle-back" depicting the Pietá was commissioned for the centennial of the archdiocese's founding by then-Archbishop John Farley, who became New York's second cardinal in 1911. The set also includes four...
  • What Do You See at (Catholic) Mass?

    03/02/2008 11:43:08 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 2,022+ views
    Catholic Answers ^ | 2006 | Anthony E. Clark
    In 1941, a German bomb destroyed the chamber in which Britain’s House of Commons had met for almost a century. Afterward, several members of Parliament suggested that the old Gothic-style chamber with choir-style stalls facing one another should be replaced by a more modern chamber, with seats fanned out in a semicircle, like the legislatures of France and America. Winston Churchill opposed the modernization, arguing before the House of Commons that "first we shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us." Similarly, the material elements of the Mass—such as the altar with its linens, candles and flowers, the priest’s...