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  • (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...
  • Benedict XVI's Christmas Mass: Reform of the Reform?

    12/27/2007 9:22:19 AM PST · by AnthonyCekada · 8 replies · 57+ views ^ | December 26, 2007 | Rev. Anthony Cekada
    IS BENEDICT XVI launching a liturgical reform to restore tradition and reverence in Catholic worship? Having permitted the use of the ’62 Missal as the “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,” is he now trying to make New Mass itself “more traditional”? Conservative bloggers who devote themselves following liturgical matters in the post-Vatican II Church would answer yes, and they are positively ecstatic. Members of this group refer to themselves as a “new liturgical movement” and call for “a reform of the reform,” by which they mean a reworking of the Novus Ordo. Recently they have started to attach great...
  • Papal use of old vestments connects with past, Vatican liturgist says

    12/27/2007 11:01:12 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 99+ views
    CNS ^ | December 26, 2007 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's Christmas liturgies and rituals include a mix of old and new to demonstrate continuity with the past, said the master of papal liturgical ceremonies. "The vestments used, like some of the details of the rite, aim to underline the continuity of today's liturgical celebration with that which characterized the life of the church in the past," said Msgr. Guido Marini. In an interview published in the Dec. 24-25 edition of the Vatican newspaper, the master of ceremonies spoke about Pope Benedict XVI's decision to use older miters and vestments at his Christmas events and...
  • L’Osservatore Romano: Mons. Guido Marini on the position of the Cross for the concistory

    11/25/2007 9:20:59 AM PST · by Frank Sheed · 4 replies · 445+ views
    What Does the Prayer Really Say? ^ | November 25, 2007 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    25 November 2007 L’Osservatore Romano: Mons. Guido Marini on the position of the Cross for the concistory CATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 9:15 am In L’Osservatore Romano today we read a description of the recent papal ceremonies for the consistory.  The one explaining them is the Master of Pontifical Ceremonies Mons. Guido Marini.My translation and emphasis. Monsignor Guido Marini explains the ceremony In tradition under the sign of collegiality A rich rite of symbolic meanings which express a continuity between the past, present and future.  Thus did Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of the Pontifical Liturgical Ceremonies illustrate...
  • Vestments for a consistory

    11/23/2007 7:10:45 AM PST · by Frank Sheed · 7 replies · 241+ views
    What Does the Prayer Really Say? (translated from Petrus) ^ | November 22, 2007 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    22 November 2007 Vestments for a consistory CATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 12:27 pm According to a a communique of the Office of Pontifical ceremonies, on Petrus: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI may use for the Saturday consistory a miter of Pius IX, with images of the Blessed Virgin and the Lord, a cope of guilded silk with a stole coming from perhaps the 16th century, with images of Sts. Peter and Paul.  On the feast of Christ the King, he will use a miter for for him and a chasuble used by John Paul II for...
  • Return of Latin mass sparks old vestment hunt

    07/25/2007 5:52:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 528+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 24, 2007 | Philip Pullella
    ROME (Reuters) - A decree this month by Pope Benedict allowing wider use of the old Latin mass has spawned a veritable cottage industry in helping Roman Catholic priests learn how to celebrate the centuries-old rite. A Web site, helpline, DVDs and a training course at Oxford are among resources springing up for priests who want to celebrate the old-style mass but aren't sure which vestments to wear or where to get them, when to genuflect, how deep to bow, or how to clasp their hands in prayer. "There will be priests who will say: 'Oh my God, I want...
  • feastng on Purple [Lent]

    03/07/2007 10:41:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 1,176+ views
    Catholic ^ | 03-02-07 | Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP
    Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP  Other Articles by Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP Printer Friendly Version   Feasting on Purple March 2, 2007 While serving on earth as God's elect vessel of grace, the pilgrim Church remains a most real, sensate, even sensuous, creature.  Few times of the year reveal this more clearly than the season of Lent.  For the next several weeks, Mother Church, despite her penance, will wrap herself and her prayer in the most ostentatiously imperial of colors — purple (or violet, for the more liturgically precise).  Consequently, as Christian stomachs will fast during this holy season, Christian...
  • Morse Code (pope's liturgical vestments)

    09/13/2006 8:06:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 999+ views
    Shouts in the Piazza ^ | September 10, 2006 | Guy Selvester
    Pope Benedict XVI presiding over Vespers (Evening Prayer) in the Frauenkirche in Munich on Sunday, September 10th. He's wearing a contemporary cope closed with not just a large clasp but an item of the pontificalia called a morse. This one, contemporary in design like the cope seems as big as a pie plate. This item of the pontificals is both functional and decorative. In current Roman usage it is reserved to bishops and cardinals. Most bishops do not make use of it as a specific item of pontifical insignia but this custom is maintained for the Pope. (one of...
  • Levada takes possession of his titular church in Rome (check out his surprise vestments!)

    03/27/2006 11:06:41 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 1,039+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | March 26, 2006 | Marta Falconi
    Cardinal William Levada took possession of his titular church Sunday in the heart of the Italian capital, where he was greeted by a crowd of cheering faithful and pilgrims - many of them Americans. Levada, who was elevated to cardinal during Friday's consistory, was assigned to the St. Mary in Domnica church where he held a festive two-hour-long Mass. "I'm very delighted of being titular of this basilica, a parish in this historical zone in the city of Rome," he said at the beginning of his homily. "I hope to be able to come here often." St. Mary's in Domnica,...
  • Prostration and Vestments on Good Friday And More on the Precious Blood

    03/21/2006 5:12:41 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 638+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 21, 2006 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, MARCH 21, 2006 ( Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I have a question concerning the liturgy of Good Friday. The sacramentary in use in the United States directs: "The priest and the deacon, wearing red vestments, go to the altar. There they make a reverence and prostrate themselves, or they may kneel" (Sacramentary, rev. 1985). 'Paschales Solemnitatis,' the Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts (Congregation for Divine Worship, 1988) directs "The priest and ministers make a reverence to the altar prostrating themselves. This act of...
  • Lex Credendi est Lex Vestiti

    10/24/2005 8:36:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 631+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | October 24, 2005 | Rocco Palmo
    There are no gems on this chasuble. Ditto for the mitre. Grazie Dio, it's a Marini Special. The Pope has taken on use of a very unique set of vestments which seem to be a special-order. Alongside the white (shown here at yesterday's Synod closing liturgy) he's also worn this style in red and another in lime green -- he used the latter to open the Synod. Each is a simple, ample-cut Gothic with an embroidered pattern, usually the Ratzingerian shell. As a departure from customary liturgical vesture, there is no orphrey (the central design down the front or...
  • Catholic Liturgy - Papal Funerals and the Sede Vacante

    04/14/2005 6:01:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 504+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 13, 2005 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, APRIL 12, 2005 ( ZENIT's liturgical columnist, Father Edward McNamara, fielded more questions regarding the passing of John Paul II. * * * Many questions have still poured in regarding the liturgical specifics of papal funerals and the period of "Sede Vacante." An Australian liturgical scholar wrote regarding the use of red vestments: "With respect to Fr McNamara's comments on the red vestments of the pope [see April 7], red is worn because the pope is the vicar of Peter who was a martyr." I believe this comment complements rather than contradicts my earlier answer regarding the pope's use...