Sacred Vestments [Information]


The priest, representing the person of Christ at Mass, puts on Sacred Vestments to represent the vestments with which Christ was clothed with during his Passion. The vestments also represent the virtues which God asks of His ministers.

The Alb, a long white garment flowing from shoulders to ankles, symbolises purity and the innocence of baptism. Just like how the newly baptised are dressed in white to signify purity, the priest must offer the Mass with purity of body and soul. In Christ’s Passion, Herod dressed Christ in a white garment to mock His innocence.

The Stole, a long cloth worn like a scarf, is a sign of authority. It reminds the priest of his dignity as a priest, but more than that, it reminds the priest that he is subject God’s authority. The stole symbolises the cords and bands with which Christ was bound in His passion.

The Chasuble, the outer garment worn over the Alb and Stole, represents the theological virtue of charity: “Over all these virtues put on love, which binds the rest together and makes them perfect.”(Colossians 3:14) Indeed, the chasuble is worn over the stole, signifying that authority must be covered by love. The chasuble represents the purple garment with which Christ was clothed to mock His kingship.

As we grow in greater appreciation of the Sacred Vestments, may we recognise the presence of Christ in our priests, who strive for the virtues of Christ, and never forget what Christ did for us in His passion.


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