Monday, March 12, 2007

Vespers with the Monsignor...


Before vespers the Monsignor prayed in silence in the sacristy. It was a delight to chat with him. He explained that with his sister he once visited Boston and they both just loved it (I then just wanted to tell him how much I loved his monsignoral biretta!).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vespers in the Ambrosian Rite... is there an Ambrosian breviary?

Castor said...

Actually, Monsignors wear a simple black biretta unless they are protonotaries apostolic de numero (with an amarath red pom-pom). This monsignor's purple pom-pom must be a privilege of the Canons of the Cathedral of Milan. Even Bishops wore black zuchettos and biretta until the XIX century, just as they black shoes and not violet or pink ones. Only Cardinals wore red from head to toe (except in Rome). Needless to say, it's all 'officially' gone now

Gregory said...

Yes there is an Ambrosian Breviary, which has a few elements in common with the historical Roman Breviary, but is in most respects entirely different. Take a look at the Catholic Encyclopedia article on the Ambrosian Rite at www.newadvent.com for a detailed explanation. Also, their chant sounds almost nothing like Gregorian.