A flat, square container of cloth, the same color as the vestments,
in which the corporal is carried to and from the altar. It is placed
over the veil on top of the chalice.
The Chalice Veil: A cloth
covering, of the same color as the Chasuble, that conceals the chalice
and paten up to the Offertory, and after the Communion.
The Chasuble: The outer vestment put on over the others. Originally
this was a very full garment, shaped like a bell and reaching almost
to the feet all the way round. During a bad artistic period, the 18th
and 19th centuries especially, the Chasuble suffered much from a process
of shortening and stiffening. Today there is a return to the historical
and beautiful, ample, nicely draping Chasubles. The Chasuble symbolizes
the virtue of charity, and the yoke of unselfish service for the Lord,
which the priest assumes at ordination.
The Dalmatic: An outer, sleeved
tunic that came to Rome from Dalmatia , whence its name. It is worn
in place of the Chasuble, by the deacon and subdeacon during Solemn
Mass. It symbolizes the joy and happiness that are the fruit of dedication
The Maniple: An ornamental vestment of colored silk or damask worn
over the left forearm. Originally this vestment was a handkerchief
carried in the left hand or thrown over the left arm. It symbolizes
the labor and hardship the priest must expect in his ardent apostolate.
The Stole: Roman magistrates wore a long
scarf when engaged in their official duties, just as our judges wear
a court gown. Whenever a priest celebrates Mass or administers the
Sacraments, he wears the Stole as a sign that he is occupied with
an official priestly duty. When placing the Stole about his neck,
in vesting for Mass, the priest begs God to give him on the last
day the "garment of immortality" that
was forfeited by our sinful first parents.