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I thought my eyes fooled me. At first I thought the cardinal had a bunch of deacons assisting him and were wearing mocha colored dalmatics.
Note to these men and whoever made these surplices.
Surplices are always WHITE!
Ask the Catholic Encyclopedia and Wikipedia. It's not that hard.
Laced, embroidered, pleated...
But it is ALWAYS WHITE.
It was never colored in the liturgical history of the Church. Even other denominations like the Anglicans DO NOT use a colored surplice.
The surplice is a miniature alb, which is always white because the alb and the surplice symbolizes the white garment given at our Baptism.
Remember the prayer when the white garment is given by the baptizing minister?
In the OF it is:
In the EF it is:
Accipe vestem cándidam, quam pérferas immaculátam ante tribúnal Dómini nostri Jesu Christi, ut hábeas vitam ætérnam.Translation: Receive this white garment, which mayest thou carry without stain before the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou mayest have life everlasting.
Common thing? RECEIVE, WHITE GARMENT, CARRY WITHOUT STAIN UNTIL THE END.
Now, do these servers know about the reason why a surplice is white? I thought RCAM has the best liturgists in the world? World-renowned, right? Dean of Filipino liturg....ok you get the drift.
This, my friends, is a liturgical innovation that must stop because it undermines the meaning of the White Garment of Baptism. And in some respects, implicitly undermine the power of the Sacrament itself.
It may be out of ignorance or they just wanted something "new and innovative". No matter the intention, it is not right.
Know first what you have in the Liturgy before you even think of injecting some of your creativities.
And I REALLY thought we have world-renowned liturgists in Manila!
Photo is from RCAM website, showing the cardinal blessing the people with the Host during the Corpus Christi procession around Sta. Cruz Church in Manila.
PS: The cardinal is still wearing his chasuble. He is not wearing a cope which is proper for a minister who carries the Eucharist in the Monstrance. At least he has the humeral veil.
And I thought Manila has a world-renowned...