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.)
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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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