Monday, April 25, 2005

Matters liturgical

Pope Benedict XVI after his enthronement Mass with Orthodox and (turbaned) Coptic clergy in the background

Not only are his vestments overall an improvement over the 1978 ceremony but a blog visitor brought his pallium to my attention. I like it! Red for the blood of Christ on white (like the flag of England), it shows a knowledge of ancient and early mediæval liturgical history, a knowledge fostered by the legitimate liturgical movement (now gone over 35 years), and makes clear that this archiepiscopal vestment is the same as the omophorion of Orthodox bishops.

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