I need to enlist the help of readers. I am on the road and away from my books.
I need your expert assistance on the clerical use of the zucchetto. As a premise I’m aware that it is not to be worn by a cleric/religious who is a ‘minister’ (major or minor) at Mass. However, I’m wondering about its use for those authorized to wear it who are attending Mass either in Choir or in the Nave. I can’t seem to find any instructions concerning this point. If it can be worn by those attending Mass (in either way) would the removal and wear follow that provided for Bishops? What about the Gospel Canticle at the major hours and Compline? I’ve posed this question to others but I haven’t received an answer as of yet.
The context for this question is that a few of us in our community wear the black zucchetto at my Priory and its proper liturgical use has come up for discussion by our liturgy committee tonight, on which I sit – but I have no concrete sources (save: The Church Visible) to help answer this question.
My understanding is that those who have the right to wear the zucchetto may wear it during Mass except at the time when a bishop or abbot would remove it, as during the Canon or when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. I believe that applies also to religious who would use one.
Perhaps some of you with experience of such things would chime in.