Re: [liturgy-l] Mitred Abbot?
- The latest newsletter from Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, USA shows a clerical processionentering the sanctuary of the new Abbey Church. The Abbey is only half completed, and thereis a temporary roof in place. Still, it looks quite impressive, and I'm sure is an improvement overthe crypt church the monks had been using.I was struck by the very long vestments for the entire clergy party, including the Abbot, whoappeared to be wearing a very full and long chasuble. There aren't any ankles showinganywhere. The habits of the Benedictine monks in their stalls/seats are also very long, andappear to be touching the floor.The Abbot is wearing a smallish mitre and is carrying a crozier. The mitre is unlike the rathertall mitres favored by RC diocesan bishops. Does a mitred abbot pontificate liturgically?Are these monastic habits characteristic of the Benedictine Order, in particular those descendedfrom Solesmes and Fontgambault?David Strang.
Re: [liturgy-l] Mitred Abbot?On 6/1/12 6:43 PM, "David J Strang" <davidjstrang@...> wrote:
Are these monastic habits characteristic of the Benedictine Order, in particular those descended from Solesmes and Fontgambault?French liturgists were promoting a return to the fuller patristic styles of vestments long before the Second Vatican Council.
Viz Matisse’s chasubles for St. Paul-de-Vence.
The French have always had fuller vestments: you see the monks of St. Benoit-du-Lac wearing the same habits.
I think it’s French couturier sensibility. My wife and I were vastly amused at the Easter Vigil at St. Jean-de-Malte in Aix-en-Provence. Each of the baptismal candidtes was dressed in white albs which were impeccably cut and tailored to suit each person.
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