Thursday, January 12, 2012

GULP Exam: What are they wearing?

A reader sent it in these:

Please, please, please, tell me what the acolytes are wearing.

Please don't tell me it is a hybrid of a dalmatic and an alb.

We all have heard and seen a Chasu-Alb, the white designless chasuble that has become a staple in the Philippines.


PS: I don't know where this was held.  As you can also see, the photos are copyrighted and I do not claim ownership of these photos.  I think this looks like a Holy Thursday procession.  You can see the two "apostles" in the last photo.  Ain't the MC in the last photo look a bit stiff?  :D


  1. Ow. I thought kami lang. We are also wearing some sort of a "hybrid" between a cassock and alb, which is laced in "gold". Then we wear it with the surplice, also laced with the same material. So its like wearing the alb under the surplice. I can't really voice this out in the parish, and it seems priests don't really care or worse, they don't know. Please pray that this we wear will be changed soon.

  2. Why do they want to be innovative w/o regard of proper and right vestments?

  3. The proper vestment for the acolytes is a cassock and surplice.

  4. That one looks like a Plain Sticharion hhmmm wait a minute are they Greek Catholics???!!!! Blaughhkkk i am trying to stop getting choked on this one

  5. I believe these are "Tunicle".

    The tunicle is the garment of a "subdeacon", atop the alb, at the celebraion of the High Mass.
    This garment is found in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Old Catholic traditions.

    Gernerally, nowadays, there is very little difference between the tunicle and the dalmatic. Originally they were distinct items, but by the 17th century the two became identical, though a tunicle is often less ornamented than a dalmatic, the main difference often being only one horizontal stripe on a tunicle versus the two on a dalmatic.

    Today, the tunicle is rarely used in the Roman Catholic tradition and seen only on certain authorized clerical societies (such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter) that observed the function of subdeacons.

    In some churches the tunicle is still used by the person acting as the Sub-Deacon of the High Mass. He may be a consecrated brother, a seminarian or a suitable authorised lay person such as an Acolyte (only those who are to assist the Priest or Deacon during the following: holding the Book of Gospels while the deacon sang the Gospel, carrying the Book of Gospels back to the celebrant after the deacon has sung the gospel [note that the deacon carries the book in the Gospel procession to the place where the gospel is proclaimed] and assisting the priest or deacon in setting and clearing the altar), the Reader [if he is to sing the readings] and the Crucifer (only on certain occasions such as Palm Sunday, requiems and Holy Saturday).

    The Candle Bearers, Thurifers and other Altar Servers wears the server's cassock w/ surplice.

    If a bishop or a cardinal celebrates the High Mass (with mitre and crosier), two altar servers are designated to hold the mitre and the crosier, and present them at the appropriate times to him. They are always near the bishop/cardinal and seated closely to where he is. These two wears the server's cassock, surplice and vimpas (similar to that of the Humeral veil but less ornate).