A reader asked:
Can/Should the stole be worn outside the chasuble by the celebrant
This was obviously asked because some priest out there is wearing his stole over the chasuble. And I’ll bet all the money in my pocket it is a groovy, meaningful stole, made by poor children from a third world country, perhaps with finger-painted stick-figure self-portraits conveying connotation-augment-hyphenated sentiments to an over-awed pew-sitting congregation. And the guitars were strumming… and the people were holding hands… most of them in disgust… and the song-leader was waving that arm… and the presider was on display with a rictus of faux-joy…
Sorry… I’m ranting.
It is hard to believe this is still going on. In any event, Redemptionis Sacramentum restates what the GIRM says.
[123.] “The vestment proper to the Priest celebrant at Mass, and in other sacred actions directly connected with Mass unless otherwise indicated, is the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole.”[GIRM 337] Likewise the Priest, in putting on the chasuble according to the rubrics, is not to omit the stole. All Ordinaries should be vigilant in order that all usage to the contrary be eradicated.
Not just corrected… “eradicated”!
Vigilent omnes Ordinarii, ut omnis usus contrarius extirpetur.
Kinda catchy, no? Extirpetur… extirpetur… extirpetur...
“But Father! But Father!”, you might be tempted to retort. “This is small stuff. At least he has the stole!”
When obedience is so easy in these small things, why not just be obedient? Why is this hard? Why does it have to be about the priest and what he wants to impose on the Mass?
And, finally, the maniple goes on the left arm.