Sunday, February 26


One Learns Something New Every Day

From The Church Visible, Ch. 17, "The Fascia":

Originally, the fascia became commonplace because of the looser-fitting nature of the cassock style of the day [1624]; however, Urban VIII mandated its use as a symbol of one's commitment to a life devoted to Christ. For the same reason, the fascia was forbidden to altar servers and to all other persons who adopted the cassock for specific liturgical functions unless they were either seminarians or individuals ordained to the priesthood. [...] It is important to note that the sash is not meant to be worn as a belt; the proper placement of the circular segment of the fascia is above the belt and just below the breastbone.

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