William A. O'Brien, M.A.
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM
"IN SACRISTY AND SANCTUARY"
THE VESTMENTS-THEIR NATURE AND CARE.
Character of the Vestments.
worn by the priest in the Mass
some of the other services of the Church are as follows:
AT LOW MASS: the amice, alb,
cincture, stole, maniple and chasuble.
MASS: Same as for Low
SOLEMN MASS: The celebrant
wears same vestments as when saying Low Mass.
The deacon wears the amice,
alb, cincture, deacon's stole, maniple and dalmatic. The subdeacon
amice, alb, cincture, maniple and dalmatic. The dalmatic now replaces
worn formerly by the subdeacon. At certain seasons the deacon and
wear the "folded chasuble" in place of the dalmatics; besides, the
deacon at certain parts of Masswears
the "Broad Stole"
in place of the folded
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1. Amice. 2. Alb. 3. Cincture.
4. Stole. 5. Maniple.
6. Chasuble. 7. Deacon’s stole. 8. Dalmatic. 9A. Folded Chasuble
(back). 9B. Same (Front). 10. Broad Stole.
11. Purificator. 12. Pall. 13. Chalice Veil. 14. Burse. 15A. Corporal
15B. Same (opened out).
Surplice. 2. Preacher’s Stole. 3. Cope. 4.
Mass and Benediction Veil. 5. Benediction Burse.
BENEDICTION: The celebrant
wears the surplice, stole and cope, and also the humeral veil when
If it is Solemn Benediction,
the celebrant vests in amice, alb, cincture, stole and cope. The deacon
subdeacon wear the same vestments as for Solemn Mass,
except the maniples. Certain
vestments used in the service of the Church must be blessed before
concerning others, there is doubt, while there are some that need not
blessed. Those that are blessed are called sacred vestments.
The Sacred Vestments.
must be blessed. They are
as follows: amice, alb, cincture, maniple, stole,
chasuble, corporal, pall.
the necessity for blessing of
which is doubtful, but which may be blessed wherever customary, are the
dalmatic, tunic, cope, and surplice. Vestments that need not be blessed
veil, burse, purificator, humeral veil, and finger towel.
3. The Care
and Storage of Vestments
vestments is real economy and adds many years to their service. The
suggestions will help in preserving the sacred vestments.
dalmatics, and their accessories, such as
stoles, etc, if stored in drawers should be laid flat. Care should be
see that there are no wrinkles or folds in them. The stole, maniple,
burse, should be laid flat upon the respective chasuble set to which
All should be covered with a cloth to protect them against dust. If
vestments are hung in a cabinet, there should be a hanger for each set.
hanger should be provided with a device or crossbar, on which the
to a chasuble such as stole, maniple, veil, etc, may also be hung. A
protect them should be hung over each set.
of laying away vestments.
the chasuble is ornamented with raised embroidery,
especially if of gold or silver, a pad should be put between the
parts to prevent rubbing, with consequent injury to the vestment. In
the embroidery on such vestments be not injured or subjected to
cracking, it is
inadvisable to fold the vestments inside out when laying in drawers.
Vestments to be Hung.
and surplices must be
handled with great care because of their delicate texture. They should
on their loops in a cabinet or closet, for otherwise they will soil
should be hung on a hanger. It is not advisable to
fold and store them flat in a drawer. All vestments, whether in drawers
hangers should be covered to protect them against dust.
Linens: Purificators, Palls, Corporals, Amices, Finger
laundering and before use these should be kept, each kind
separate drawer. Another special drawer should be reserved for the
linens. However, it must be noted that soiled purificators, palls and
corporals, i.e., such as have been used in the Sacrifice of the Mass,
are not to be handled by a lay
person but must be given their first washing by a priest or one in
Orders. Further washing or laundering may be done by any worthy lay
The Colors of the Vestments.
colors of the vestments
change according to the "day," i.e.-the feast that is celebrated or
the occasion on which they are used. The colors are white, red, violet
purple, green, black, rose, gold and silver.
is a small book called "Ordo."
This book is found in every sacristy. It is a guide to the priest,
telling him what feast is to be celebrated on a given day. This book
designates the color of the vestments and altar decorations for each
is usually done in the form of an abbreviated Latin term. Some of the
"Ordos" contain a special Color Calendar in English. In the following
schedule, the Latin terms for the various colors are given with their
meaning, and in the columns opposite each color, the days are stated on
the respective color is worn.
feasts of Our Lord (except on the Feast of the Precious Blood); On
feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the angels and all the saints who
are not martyrs.
feasts of Martyrs; feasts of the Precious Blood; also on Whitsunday (Pentecost) and
throughout the octave.
(Vir. - V.)
Sundays and ferial days from the end of the Octave of the Epiphanyto
Septuagesima; and on Sundays and ferial days in the season after
Sundays and ferial days during Advent and Lent.
signifies "Votive," i.e., any "Votive
may be said that day.
signifies that a Requiem
black vestments) is permitted.
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