Monday, July 13, 2009
Where can I get a pontifical dalmatic?
The Pope's MCs vesting him during Mass
I am not sure why I should be asked such a question but twice in the last couple of months I have had emails from priests asking me where they can get a pontifical dalmatic.
Recently the Pope has started wearing the pontifical dalmatic more or less regularly, it is one of the official (though optional) vestments of a Bishop, it is normally made of thin silk and is unlined. It signifies the fullness of the priesthood and that both the order of presbyter and deacon are expressed in their fullness the office of the bishop.
Obviously it is fitting that a bishop wears it at the ordination of a deacon, at the last diaconate ordination I attnded in Rome I was pleased to see my own bishop wore one, but also expresses that the bishop is the chief "minister of charity " within his diocese. It is an expression that he is not just concerned with the sacramental economy of the Church, the inner mysteries, but is also with the Churches outreach to the poor the needy, the outer mysteries.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake