These vestments the Monsignor is wearing seem distinctive, as if belonging to the Ambrosian rite. Is this so? FOr example, the material protruding from the base of the Chasuble at the front, what is that? I would love an explanation from one who knows something about this.Great blog.
I was the first acolyte at this Mass. The material that you see is not protruding from the chasuble. It is a detachable apparel on the alb. The Ambrosian rite preserves a lot of interesting medieval customs that were once quite widespread, such as the optional use of apparels: this is not a uniquely ambrosian thing.The basic differences between the Milanese custom and the Roman are1. the amice is worn over the alb.2. In solemn Mass, the deacon wears the stole over the dalmatic.3. The chasuble, dalmatic and tunicle all have a long rectangular piece called a "cappino", which means "little hood" It basically covers the back of the neck, and is attached with toggles which are on the front of the vestment near the shoulders.
and cuffs as many Eastern Rites?
Good eyes, Castor!! The cuffs go with the apparels; altogether, they are meant to represent the Wounds of Christ. I think that in this case, it is merely a coincidence that they look like the Eastern cuffs.
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