A Glossary Of Terms For Liturgical Vestments

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Many technical terms are used to describe the variety of vestments and textile arts used in worship. These terms are defined here.

The vestments worn at the Eucharist are derived from the dress-up clothing of the late Roman Empire, the dominant culture of the world in which Christianity first took root. The only exception is the stole, which is a sign of office.

The basic garment is the alb, which is properly worn by all ministering at the service. Some albs are intended to be worn under...


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