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The Rule of St. Benedict does not stipulate a particular colour for the monastic habit, and the habit of unbleached, undyed, wool has not been unknown among Benedictines. However, the colour most associated with the Benedictine tradition is black, (hence the name "black monk" used to refer to a Benedictine monk), and that is the colour currently worn by Orthodox Benedictines.
The first layer of the habit is the [[tunic]], which is secured in place by a belt. This is the form of habit worn by oblates during their period of [[novitiate]]. The next layer is the monastic [[scapular]], which is a tabard-like garment worn over the tunic. The tunic, belt, and scapular, (with a head-veil for women), form the complete habit worn by oblates while in the monastic enclosure and by monastics during the
nNovitiate. Outside of the monastery, the oblates simply wear a reduced scapular and the [[Saint Benedict Medal]] under civilian clothing. When the monastic makes his solemn profession, he is tonsured and invested with the [[cowl]].
Monastics and oblates alike, upon their repose, are buried in the habit proper to their order.
*[http://www.theorthodoxchurch.org/documents/The%20Western%20Orthodox%20Liturgy%20-%20Order%20for%20the%20Celebration%20-%20Restored.pdf The Mass of St Gregory the Great (.pdf)] - The Benedictine Use of Mount Royal
*[http://www.theorthodoxchurch.org/documents/Western%20Orthodox%20Liturgy%20-%20Restored.pdf Directions for the Mass of St Gregory (.pdf)] - for use in conjunction with the above
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