Sunday, 25 November 2018

Word of the Day: Cope

COPE. A long cape worn by priests and bishops at certain religious rites. Open in front, like a mantle, it reaches to the floor and is fastened on the breast with a clasp. It is worn in processions, at Benediction, and at other solemn offices, Mass excepted. (Etym. Latin cappa, cape.)
In most Parishes, seen only at Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

In the East, the non-Chalcedonian heretics of the Syriac 'Orthodox' Church wear an almost identical vestment in place of the chasuble (Western) or phelonion (Eastern) at the Eucharistic Celebration.

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