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Advent Vestisnips

2010 November 27
by Gordon Reid

Tomorrow, we and all other Traditional Rite churches (if they are having a High Mass) will be clothing the Deacon and Subdeacon, not in Dalmatic and Tunicle but in Folded Chasubles. Their origin is obscure, but probably dates from the time when all ministers of the Mass wore chasubles of one sort or another, and so, to distinguish themselves from the Celebrant, the Deacon and Subdeacon may have folded up their chasubles. Certainly, the Broad Stole which the Deacon now wears to sing the Gospel in Advent was in origin a chasuble folded up and slung over the shoulder.

I was playing Scrabble a year or two ago, and there was just one space between the words “vest” and “snip”. Instantly I invented the word “Vestisnip” and said it was the proper name for the ¬†Folded Chasuble. But my companions were not so gullible as to let me away with that! Nevertheless, it is one of those words which really should exist, and, if you look at the above picture of the Rector of St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge, and his Deacon and Subdeacon, you will surely agree that it is a very suitable name for these odd vestments.

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  1. November 30, 2010

    A most acceptable neologism! Were you to have been playing Scrabble with me, I would certainly have allowed that word as one that, while perhaps not in the dictionary, really ought to be.

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