Mozzetta changes

Now that the whole Paschal cycle is finished (let’s not talk about the Octave of Pentecost) Papa Ratzinger has put his white paschal mozzetta back in the mothballs and has extracted the usual red.


On Monday after Pentecost…



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  1. ThirdOrder says:

    Looks like it should be cooler for summer as well.

  2. Am I the only one who wants to know if the Papa in red is giving the envelope to the man? Is it the third secret of Fatima? the freemasons are behind it for sure…..

  3. Domenico says:

    On Monday after the Pentecost (yesterday) the Pope has met with the new ambassador of Israel:
    VATICAN CITY, 12 MAY 2008 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of Mordechay Lewy, the new ambassador of Israel to the Holy See.

  4. TNCath says:

    I notice the small hood on the back of the mozzetta. Wasn’t the hood on the mozzetta suppressed with the simplification of vesture after Vatican II? Or did this only apply to bishops and archbishops and not the Pope? Or is the Holy Father reviving the hood? Just wondering…

  5. Dustin says:

    The hood, TNCath, was suppressed for all but the Pontiff himself.

  6. techno_aesthete says:

    I particularly enjoyed seeing him in the white mozzetta. It matched his cassock and zucchetto. The brocade and ermine gave it an elegant, regal quality. Until next year …

  7. Willebrord says:

    Heh, this reminds me of a day several years ago. I showed a picture of a painting of a Renaissance pope, and he was wearing red. My dad couldn’t believe that a pope was wearing red! Up till then, he believed that cardinals had always worn red, and that white had always been reserved for the Pope (and this is for me the first time I’ve seen Pope Benedict wear red).

  8. Michael says:

    Now that Benedict has restored the white mozzetta, maybe next year Benedict he could restore it to its proper place? I hope so. There’s nothing left to mark the Easter octave as a very special time of year. Like most traditions, it makes sense. Assueta vilescunt.

  9. TNCath says:

    Michael wrote: “There’s nothing left to mark the Easter octave as a very special time of year.”

    Yes, there is. The Gloria is sung or recited at all Masses during the Easter octave.

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