for the Use of the Cappa Magna
cappa magna is worn by bishops only. It is worn at solemn functions
and as required, according to the norms set forth in the Code of
Particular Canon Law and other directives and instructions.
2. It is
made according to the prescribed style in Roman purple without any
trim. The cappa magna of the Patriarch is of the same style, but red.
The cappa magna of a bishop or archbishop in a religious order is
according to the color of the habit of that religious order.
length of the cappa magna from shoulder to the end of the train for
bishops and archbishops is 5 yards. That of the Patriarch is 7 yards.
hood is of the style peculiar to the ARRCC, viz., in the style of a
monastic cowling with hood. The exterior of the summer hood shall be
the same material and color as the cappa magna itself. The exterior
of the winter hood shall be white fur, with or without black ermine
tips. The lining of both the winter and summer hoods shall be red
silk or satin.
summer cappa magna shall be worn during the Summer Half-Year, i.e.,
from First Vespers of the Ascension through First Vespers of the
Feast of Saint Catherine (Nov. 25). The winter cappa magna shall be
worn during the Winter Half-Year, i.e., from First Vespers of the
Feast of Saint Catherine through First Vespers of the Feast of the Ascension.
First Vespers on the Feast of the Ascension, the winter cappa magna
is worn to Vespers. The summer cappa magna is taken after the
conclusion of Vespers. If Vespers is not said solemnly, but rather in
choir, the winter cappa is worn throughout the office, and the
exchange is made after the conclusion of the Office. Similarly, at
First Vespers on the Feast of Saint Catherine, the summer cappa magna
is worn to Vespers and exchanged for the winter cappa magna afterwards.
train of the cappa magna is worn down and extended only by
jurisdictional bishops within their own jurisdiction, or by the
seniormost bishop present, e.g., by a bishop celebrating a solemn
pontifical mass, regardless of jurisdictional status. All others wear
the train curtailed, i.e., folded and attached to the main body of
the cappa itself or to the left arm.
8. If the
train of the cappa magna is worn down, then the bishop does not
occupy a choir stall, but rather the throne or faldstool.
Solemn Lauds is to be said, the bishop presiding wears the cappa
magna throughout Matins, occupying the throne or faldstool. During
the singing of the psalms of Lauds, he exchanges the cappa magna for
the cope and mitre at the throne or faldstool. Similarly, at Solemn
Vespers the bishop presiding wears the cappa magna at the beginning
of the office, exchanging it for the cope and mitre during the
singing of the psalms.
the cappa magna is worn for a solemn arrival prior to the Holy Mass,
or the beginning of or solemn arrival prior to an Office, or another
rite requiring liturgical vesture, the cappa magna is most properly
taken again after the Mass, Office, or rite.
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