Mass “Externals” and Etiquette. Priest Vestments. Why does a priest wear different clothes? Why does a priest have to wear certain things and can’t choose his own colors, etc…. The Alb.
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Mass “Externals” and Etiquette
Why does a priest wear different clothes?
Why does a priest have to wear certain things and can’t choose his own colors, etc….
A full flowing robe of white linen reaching to the feet, covering entire body and worn over the Amice.Alb is the Latin word for "white". An ordinary outer garment worn in warm climates, even today in the near East. A full sleeved white tunic worn by those having and dignity or authority in Ancient Rome.Purity of body and soul required of God's priest and of those worthily assisting at Mass. Symbolizes our darkness being changed into light of Jesus.Prayer While Vesting." Make me white, O Lord, and purify my heart, so that being made white in the Blood of the Lamb, I may deserve eternity."
A thick cord of silk, linen or cotton with tassel ends. Secures Alb around the waist. Used to gird up the long, loose flowing Alb, so as not to interfere with walking or working.Meaning for us.A symbol of girding ourselves for hard service, keeping the passions in check; to be pure and strong spiritually so as to fight evil and do good.Prayer While Vesting." Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of purity and extinguish in my heart the fire of concupiscence so that, the virtue of continence and chastity always abiding in my heart, I may the better serve Thee."
History of former use: A scarf or neck-piece; later a badge of honor for those enjoying and dignity; or a distinctive mark of duty for those exercising any authority.Prayer While Vesting." Restore unto me, O Lord, the stole of immortality which I lost through the sin of my first parents and, although unworthy to approach Thy Sacred Mystery, may I nevertheless attain to joy eternal."
History of former use.Used as a circular cape, without sleeves; with a hole in the middle for the head to pass through; this garment completely enveloped the body; a practical outdoor garment of protection against the weather. Called " chasuble" from Latin word "casula" meaning a little house.Prayer While Vesting." O Lord, Who hast said, My yoke is sweet and My Burden light; grant that I may so carry it as to merit Thy grace."
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