Surplice

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The '''surplice''' is a non-liturgical [[vestment]] used by in traditional Western worship.  It continues in use by various Christian communions of the West (particularly the [[Roman Catholic Church]]), as well as in the Orthodox Church's [[Western Rite]].
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The '''surplice''' ([[Late Latin]] ''superpelliceum'', from ''super'', "over"  and ''pellis'', "fur") is a non-liturgical [[vestment]] used by in traditional Western worship.  It continues in use by various Christian communions of the West (particularly the [[Roman Catholic Church]]), as well as in the Orthodox Church's [[Western Rite]].
  
The surplice has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material, with wide or moderately wide sleeves, reaching—according to the Roman use—barely to the hips and elsewhere in the Church of Rome to the knee. It usually features lace decoration, but in modern times—in Germany at least—it may also have embroidered borders.
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The surplice has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material. It was originally a long garment with open sleeves reaching nearly to the ground, as it remains in the Anglican and other English traditions. In the Roman Catholic tradition after the [[schism]] , it became shorter (barely to the hips), had closed sleeves, square shoulders and often features lace decoration. Sometimes the Roman Catholic-style surplice is referred to with the Medieval Latin term ''cotta'' [meaning 'cut-off' in Italian], as it is derived from the cut-off alb.  
  
The surplice descended from the Greek alb, which it replaced in the North before Rome's [[schism]] from Orthodoxy. Eventually it was adopted elsewhere in the West. In recent years, the alb has been introduced in the West.
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The surplice descended from the Greek alb, which it replaced in the North before Rome's schism from Orthodoxy. Eventually it was adopted elsewhere in the West. In recent years, the alb has been introduced in the West.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:23, February 4, 2011

The Death of St. Bede, the monastic clergy are wearing (long) surplices over their cowls

The surplice (Late Latin superpelliceum, from super, "over" and pellis, "fur") is a non-liturgical vestment used by in traditional Western worship. It continues in use by various Christian communions of the West (particularly the Roman Catholic Church), as well as in the Orthodox Church's Western Rite.

The surplice has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material. It was originally a long garment with open sleeves reaching nearly to the ground, as it remains in the Anglican and other English traditions. In the Roman Catholic tradition after the schism , it became shorter (barely to the hips), had closed sleeves, square shoulders and often features lace decoration. Sometimes the Roman Catholic-style surplice is referred to with the Medieval Latin term cotta [meaning 'cut-off' in Italian], as it is derived from the cut-off alb.

The surplice descended from the Greek alb, which it replaced in the North before Rome's schism from Orthodoxy. Eventually it was adopted elsewhere in the West. In recent years, the alb has been introduced in the West.

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