I received a couple questions about the Pope’s Mass for Easter.
From a reader (this was NOT in the Ask Father Question Box… I usually ignore questions that don’t come through that link):
Was the Pope’s Easter Mass on EWTN in Latin? Might have been Italian, but I recognized the phrases from the EF.
I didn’t watch it or pay any attention to the coverage. However, yes, the Pope’s Vigil is generally in Latin.
From a reader:
Watching the Easter Vigil this evening we saw clergy dressed in blue cassocks with red cinctures. We have not seen this color cassock used other than in Marian rites. Do you know what they represented.
As I said, above, I didn’t watch it and I’m not going to, and I’m not sure what “Marian rites” would be, but I’ll bet you that they were not blue, but rather bluish purple cassocks and, with the red fascia, they were seminarians from the Scots College.
The different national colleges (where seminarians live) in Rome have distinctive cassocks. The Polish wear black with a green sash, Ukrainian blue with yellow, Germans red with black, etc.
It would be great to see all these cassocks return to common use. Roman streets in the mornings and afternoons would be a lot more colorful!
I found my old list of college cassocks, somewhat dated now and there are holes. I’d appreciate corrections.
Collegio Romano Roman Seminary: purple cassock and soprana with pendant strings, no fascia
Pontificio Pio Latino Americano: black cassock, violet fascia, a full cappa or cloak
Collegio Seminario Minore (Vatican): dark purple cassock with crimson trim and buttons, one crimson string decorated with the papal arms, shoes with silver buckles
Capranica College: black cassock, black soprana of shiny cloth, strings, no fascia, shoes with silver buckles
Propaganda Fide: black double breasted cassock, red trim and buttons, scarlet fascia and strings
German/Teutonic College: scarlet cassock, black fascia, scarlet soprana with pendant strings (because of their cassock, Romans nicknamed them “lobsters”)
Greek College: blue cassock, red fascia and pipings, blue soprana with strings or black soprana with wide sleeves when outside
English College: black cassock and soprana, black strings and no fascia
Scots College: purple cassock with crimson facsia, buttons and trim and black soprana with pendant strings
Irish College: black cassock with red piping, no fascia, black soprana and strings
French College: black cassock, no fascia
Lombard College: black cassock, violet fascia, soprana and strings
Seminary of SS. Peter and Paul: black cassock with a black fascia
Belgian College: black cassock with black fascia edged with red
North American College: double-breasted black cassock, blue piping and buttons, crimson fascia, pendant strings
South American College: black cassock with blue edgings, blue fascia, black soprana and strings
Maronite College: black cassock, soprana and strings
Czech/Bohemian College Nepomuceno: black cassock, maroon fascia edged with yellow
Armenian College: black cassock with red trim and out of doors black coat with wide sleeves
College of St Boniface: black cassock with yellow trim, black soprana with black pendant strings lined with red
Polish College: black cassock and soprana with green fascia
Spanish College: black cassock with blue fascia, round black cape with vertical blue trim
Canadian College: black cassock no fascia
Ruthenian College: blue cassock, soprana with strings, orange fascia
Ukrainian College San Giosafat: blue cassock, yellow fascia
Philippine College: black cassock, blue fascia with red stripes
Brazilian College: black cassock, green fascia edged with yellow
Ethiopian College: black cassock, white fascia, white lining of cape or soprana
Portuguese College: black cassock, red and green fascia
Note – the Soprana was a long sleeveless coat, often with two long strings or streamers hanging from the armholes to signify the state of tuition.