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Headwear Part II: The Mitre–Norris

Headwear Part II: The Mitre–Norris Headwear Part II: The Mitre–Norris: The mitre is part two of the three-part series talking about ecclesiastical vestments that are headwear. Today we again travel back in time to the days of the Greeks. They were not ostentatious people in the designing of their clothing. For instance, they wore two types of headwear and both were meant for practicality instead of fashion. The working classes–soldiers, sailors, and artisans–wore a skull cap called a pilos. As the word skull cap suggests, this was a form-fitting cap… Read more Headwear Part II: The Mitre–Norris

Part I: The Amice–Norris

Part I: The Amice–Norris Over the next few days, I would like to talk to you about certain ecclesiastical vestments that are worn on the head. Often we focus our gaze on the voluptuous garments that cover our ministers of the church. It is important to know each distinct garment and its history. Based on practical reasoning, traditions are now carried on without knowing their origin. When we travel to Europe, view exhibits in a museum, or look at old volumes, we see all kinds of garments that our ministers… Read more Part I: The Amice–Norris

The Pallium-Herbert Norris

The Pallium-Herbert Norris History The Pallium-Herbert Norris: From the 6th century till the 1st century B.C., the Greeks wore a particular linen or wool garment. Men and women of the working class wore this garment over a kolobus–remember this is one of the predecessors to the alb. The overgarment was shawl-like in appearance, but much bigger than a mere shoulder wrap. It was called the himation. The himation was large enough to be draped over the left shoulder and arm, wrapping around the body on the right side. It was… Read more The Pallium-Herbert Norris

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