Vestments; Vesture General terms for clothing. “Vestments” is used by the RSV as a translation of the Heb. pual part of lāḇaš (“clothe”; Ezr. 3:10; AV “apparel”) and the cognate nouns leḇûš (2 K. 10:22b) and malbûš (v 22c); “vesture” renders sûṯ (from kāsâ, “cover”) in Gen. 49:11 (AV “clothes”).
vestments. The distinctive dress worn by the clergy when performing the liturgical and other services of the Church. This dress did not, as formerly believed, derive from the vestments of the Aaronic priesthood, but originated in the ordinary secular costume of the world of antiquity in which the early
Vestments. Jewish practice gave the precedent (Ex. 40:13 sq.; Lev. 8:7 sqq.), and the growth of sacerdotalism the occasion for the introduction of a peculiar habit for the clergy. As the doctrine of the sacrifice of the Mass was developed, the vestments became more elaborate. Elements were introduced
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Color of Vestments.—In her vestments the Church employs five different colors. On the feasts of our Lord, of the Blessed Virgin, of the angels, and of those saints who were not martyrs, she makes use of white, not only to signify the stainless purity of the Lamb and of His Virgin Mother, but also to
VESTMENTS, RELIGIOUSIn the first quotation below, Polycrates refers to John as being a “priest wearing the petalon.” There is no consensus among scholars as to what Polycrates means. The Septuagint uses the word petalon to refer to the breastplate worn by the Jewish high priest. Is Polycrates claiming