William A. O'Brien, M.A.
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM
"IN SACRISTY AND SANCTUARY"
D. SACRED VEILS AND COVERINGS.
1. The Ciborium
"Ciborium" Veil. (Illustration No. 1) The ciborium (plural form
"Ciboria") should be covered with a veil, the color of which is
2. The OstensoriumVeil. (Illustration No. 2) A white veil ought to cover the
Ostensorium when it is being carried to or from the altar or while it rests
upon the altar before or after the actual Exposition
3. The Exposition
"Exposition" Veil. (Illustration No. 5) This is a small banner made of silk and
attached to a staff with a base. It is used to conceal the Blessed Sacrament
"Blessed Sacrament" when exposed for adoration, while a sermon is being preached. It
is sometimes called a "Sanctuary
"Sanctuary" Veil. "
4. The Tabernacle Veil. (Illustration No. 4) The Sacred
Congregation of Rites prescribes that the Tabernacle be covered with a veil
called the "Tabernacle Veil" (Conopaeum
"Conopaeum" ), or at least that a veil should
be hung in front of it. The tabernacle veil is to be of the color of the feast
or office of the day, or during a Requiem
"Requiem" Mass "Mass" , violet. It is usually made of silk and is as richly adorned as
circumstances will allow.
5. The Antependium
"Antependium" . (Illustration
No. 3) This is a movable frontal made of some fabric, which hangs down covering
the lower front part of the altar. Wherever it is used, its color should be
that of the feast or office of the day. On an altar where the Blessed Sacramentis
reserved, it is not permitted to use a black antependium. When a Requiem
celebrated, the antependium must be violet.
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