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What vestments do priests wear and why?

 

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As stated in the Baltimore Catechism...

Q. What vestments does the priest use at Mass and what do they signify?

A. The vestments [traditionally] used by the priest at Mass are: (1) the Amice, a white cloth around the shoulders to signify resistance to temptation; (2) The Alb, a long white garment to signify innocence; (3) The Cincture, a cord about the waist, to signify chastity; (4) The Maniple or hanging vestment on the left arm, to signify penance; (5) The Stole or long vestment about the neck, to signify immortality; (6) The Chasuble or long vestment over all, to signify love and remind the priest, by its cross on the front and back, of the Passion of Our Lord.


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