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Bishop Garments: On the Origin of the Chasuble

Bishop Garments: On the Origin of the Chasuble

The chasuble is an integral component of the bishop’s garments. If you don’t recognize the name, you’d almost certainly recognize the sight of one. This is the somewhat-capelike garment worn by bishops over the alb and stole for the celebration of the Eucharist. It is worn draped over the shoulders and in the case of bishops, it is commonly colored purple. But what is the origin of the chasuble - where did it come from, and why do bishops wear them? Name Origin The name “chasuble” comes into English from the Old French of the same word, alternatively spelled “chesible.”…
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