Saturday, September 25, 2010
GULP Exam ANSWER: All about cassocks and albs
Huzzah and a "salakot" tip to all our GULPs for getting the correct answer to this GULP Exam question: Spot the not in the photo above.
Notice that the priests in the photo are all wearing uniformly designed...ALBS.
Yup. This is one phenomenon that boggles me to this day.
I have seen priests like this in Mindanao...
...in the Visayas,
and most especially here in Luzon and Manila.
Priests are substituting a clerical cassock from an alb.
Let us look at the difference of the two.
Here is an alb.
Take note of these
Now let us look at the cassock.
Oh, they are in white! Does that mean they are in albs?
NOPE. That is a cassock, the proper garb of seminarians and priests.
The proper color of cassocks is BLACK, not white. A special indult has been given to tropical countries to wear white cassocks.
Here is how it should be...
So we, can observe the difference of the two.
The function also greatly differs.
The cassock is the plain clothes of the clergy. It is also called soutana.
While the alb IS a liturgical vestment. As a liturgical vestment, it is worn by deacons and priests when they are administering the sacraments. I can bring up the altar servers wearing alb but the practice is just wrong. More of that in later posts.
So if the alb is a liturgical vestment, IT MUST BE WORN ONLY DURING THE CELEBRATION OF THE LITURGY!
So, the million dollar questions are:
1. Considering that the Philippines, as a tropical country, was given an indult for its clergy not to wear the black cassock, why are MOST, I am not saying all, Filipino clergymen, not wearing the white cassock?
2. If they are not wearing the white cassock, then why are they wearing the alb as a non liturgical vestment?
3. And if the alb is their alternative to the cassock as an everyday wear, why are these priests not wearing it MOST OF THE TIME, and instead goes back into their secular clothes?
Honestly, I knew some priests who, are dear friends of mine but who keeps on giving me this crappy worn-down answer of "being close to the people" and being to "pre-Vatican II"or being too "clerical" for wearing the cassock.
For all I care, I know most of them would not want to be recognized when they are in public so they can do whatever they want and go wherever they may want to go...in THEIR SECULAR CLOTHES!
Wear the dignity of your ordination, our dear Fathers!
Be the example of obedience by following the simple liturgical laws!
Are these too much of a request for you, dear Fathers?