While the texts and gestures of Holy Mass are fixed in the official liturgical books, many other elements of the sacred action may be adapted to circumstances, cultures and customs.
We have great, though not unlimited, freedom with music, architecture, vessels and vestments.
Consider, for example, the various shapes of the vestment the priest wears during Holy Mass: the chasuble.
There are the fuller "gothic" style and its many variations, the "Roman" style and its multiple alterations. They can be full, long, wide narrow, elaborate or simple. But all are possible for Holy Mass.
The Church has from time to time designated preferences among the vessels, but flexibility was always recognized. Today, we are not restricted by law to any particular style of vestments, though law does require a chasuble to be worn, when one is available, by the priest celebrant.
What is your preference and your reasons for your preference?
Which style of priest’s chasuble do you prefer?
- "Roman" and its variants (narrower and more open) (55%, 940 Votes)
- "Gothic" and its variants (full and draping) (45%, 770 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,710