He loved to kneel down on the cold marble pavement and watch the priest, in his stiff flowered dalmatic, slowly and with white hands moving aside the veil of the tabernacle, or raising aloft the jewelled, lantern-shaped monstrance with that pallid wafer that at times, one would fain think, is indeed the "panis caelestis," the bread of angels, or, robed in the garments of the Passion of Christ, breaking the Host into the chalice and smiting his breast for his sins.
He had chasubles, also, of amber-coloured silk, and blue silk and gold brocade, and yellow silk damask and cloth of gold, figured with representations of the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ, and embroidered with lions and peacocks and other emblems; dalmatics of white satin and pink silk damask, decorated with tulips and dolphins and fleurs-de-lis; altar frontals of crimson velvet and blue linen; and many corporals, chalice-veils, and sudaria.
The deacon came out onto the raised space before the altar screen and, holding his thumb extended, drew his long hair from under his dalmatic
and, making the sign of the cross on his breast, began in a loud and solemn voice to recite the words of the prayer.
Vulgar from the two-tone halo to the bare swollen toes protruding from the samite robe, from the heavily jewelled collar of the dalmatic
to the lantern decorated with the starry firmament of George Herbert's hymn, the garish figure is surrounded with symbolism of near-medieval pedantry.
Throw in the tunicle, dalmatic
, cope, buskins, mitre, pallium, succinctorium, and fanon worn by various clerics from deacons to the pope, and you had quite a wardrobe of liturgical duds.
Memlinc's favourite angel, attired in a sumptuous dalmatic
, plays with the infant Jesus in paintings in Bruges, London, Vienna and Florence, and ascends to blow a sackbut in the triptych of Christ in Glory in the Museum of Fine Art at Antwerp.
, a vestment worn by a deacon or subdeacon at a solemn high Mass, conjured up memories of people who were married or buried with full liturgical splendor.
EWTN's Mass, celebrated daily at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, is a Star Trek beam-back into a liturgy that flourished well before I was ordained in 1967: the old solemn high Mass, not with concelebrants, but with the deacon and subdeacon wearing their dalmatic
Pope Symmachus (papacy 498-514) accorded Caesarius special approbation of his episcopal authority by awarding him a pallium--at the time worn only by the pope and metropolitans connected to the Holy See--and authorized the wearing of the dalmatic
by Caesarius's deacons.
3) is strikingly similar to that ascribed to Figura in the Jeu d'Adam: a dalmatic
and also, at some points in the play, a stole.
Caption: 10 Dalmatic
and stole in silk with gold thread embroidery, 18th century.
His priestly dalmatic
cast aside, he accedes, encouraged by a tutelary angel, to the despoiling of the remaining robe.