Traditional Mass

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Continued . . .

54--Please name the sacred linens necessary for the celebration of Mass.

1. The corporal (from the Latin corpus: "body"). So called because the Body of Christ rests on it during Mass. It is a piece of linen about 15 inches square which the priest unfolds on the altar at the commencement of Mass, and on which he places the chalice.

2. The purificator is a piece of linen about 14 inches long and 9 inches wide. It is triple folded, then measuring 14 inches long by three inches wide. It serves to purify and wipe the chalice and the lips and fingers of the priest after Communion.

3. The pall is a piece of linen, lined and usually stiffened with cardboard, measuring from 5 to 7 square inches. It covers the chalice to protect it from dust.
These sacred linens must be made of linen or hemp.
[From 'Your Mass and Your Life,' to be continued . . .]