The Diocese of Trenton Celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass

General Questions on the Extraordinary Form
The Solemn High Mass
The Solemn High Pontifical Mass
Priest Facing the Altar (Ad Orientem)
Sacred Silence and Active Participation
The Asperges Me (Sprinkling Rite)
Holy Communion
What is the significance of the bishop's vestments?

The bishop wears many of the same vestments one will find the celebrant wearing at a Solemn Mass. These are the amice, alb, cincture, stole (which is not crossed because it represents his unbounded authority), maniple and chasuble. The bishop also wears the red zucchetto (skull cap), pectoral cross and the mitre (large headdress) which represent his authority as the bishop. He wears a ring which shows that he is wedded to his diocese. He wears the vestments of the subdeacon (the tunicle) and deacon (the dalmatic) underneath his chasuble to show that he has the fullness of Holy Orders. He wears liturgical gloves that show his purity from sin and the performance of good works. All of these are very deliberately placed onto the bishop in the secretarium with many ministers and servers helping him vest as he says the appropriate prayers. This vesting can last over a half hour and during this time prelude music is played. (In the bishop's own cathedral, terce is prayed at this time.) The last vestment that he puts on is the maniple which is placed on the bishop by the subdeacon at the altar before he begins Mass. The gloves, ring, zucchetto and mitre are removed and replaced on the bishop throughout the Mass. He also has a crosier which represents his pastoral authority in the Church.