I’m dreaming of a White Cappa Magna…

… Just like the ones we used to know!

 Abbot Pennings O.Praem., of St Norbert Abbey, De Pere, Wisconsin
Some more photos of abbots in Cappa Magnas you may find HERE 
Source of Photos 

The capa magna does indeed represent the finery of the world, its power and prestige. That is why after his entrance wearing it, the prelate is publicly stripped of this finery and humbled before the congregation. Then, vestment by vestment, the bishop is clothed in the new man of which St. Paul speaks, including the baptismal alb, the dalmatic of charity, the stole of pardon and the chasuble of mercy.


Anonymous said...

I find this explaination incredible. Why would you want to restore a vesture that belongs not to God but to the world. Better to arrive without it and dress as a man of god alone.

Anonymous said...

Arriving at Mass dressed as a Prince of the Church, and then, upon entering, REMOVING it to put on priestly vestments is an example, par excellance, of a man in the world becoming a man of God.
Traditions have meanings - educating ones - and the cappa magna is prime example.

Rachel M. Gohlman said...

I had no idea they came in white!