The distinctive garments worn by leaders of the church's worship. Many of the church's vestments are descended from the ordinary dress of the imperial Roman society in which the early church came into being.
Vestments worn by the celebrant at the eucharist typically include a stole and chasuble. These vestments usually reflect the liturgical color of the day or season of the celebration. The celebrant also usually wears an alb and may wear a girdle and amice. The officiant at the Daily Office or other non-eucharistic services may wear a cassock and surplice. A tippet may also be worn. A stole indicates that the wearer is an ordained person. Bishops and priests wear the stole over both shoulders, and deacons typically wear the stole over the left shoulder. Bishops may wear distinctive episcopal vestments, including the rochet and chimere, and the miter. A purple shirt with a clerical collar usually indicates that the wearer is a bishop, and a black shirt with a clerical collar usually indicates that the wearer is a member of the clergy.
Lay servers, acolytes, lectors, and choir members may also wear vestments at worship. According to local custom, they may wear an alb, or a cassock with surplice or cotta.
Redeemer presented New Vestments
On Monday Mar. 14, Marcia Tjoflat and Ann Jackson presented a complete set of handmade vestments to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Clearly a long labor of love, the ladies explained some of the hard work that went into the making of the vestments. From Marcia, “When I’m working on this stuff, it takes over my whole house”
The vestments are trimmed with hand-painted fabric Ann intended to use on a quilt memorializing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “The theme was ash and fire . . . and I never really figured out what I was going to do on the front side, so we decided it would make a symbolic addition to the vestments.” Marcia described her worry workng on Ann’s hand-painted fabric, “I prayed before I cut it every time, since I know this is one of a kind.” Everyone agreed that the old carpenters’ adage might be better said, “Pray thrice, measure twice, cut once.” The fire fabric adorns the red (Pentecost) set, and the ash fabric adorns the purple (Ash Wednesday and Lent).
Redeemer is very grateful for the hard work, thought, and love that went into the making and presenting of our new vestments, the first of which will make a debut in Holy Week on Palm Sunday.