THE AMICE.The amice is a rectangular piece of white
linen (approximately 2 feet by 3 feet) with a long ribbon
attached to two of the corners (see figure 3-57). The ribbons
are used for tying the amice around the shoulders and neck of
the priest. The amice was originally used as a hood for cover-
ing the head and neck of the wearer and its use by the priest
for Mass is optional.
Figure 3-57.The amice.
THE ALB.The alb is a full-length white linen garment
with sleeves (see figure 3-58). (The word alb means
THE CINCTURE.The tincture is a long cord used as a
belt to gather the alb at the waist (see figure 3-58).
Figure 3-58.The alb and tincture.
THE STOLE.The stole is a long narrow band worn
around the neck (see figure 3-59). The stoles tie ends fall
forward over the shoulders to the level between the priests
waist and knees. The stole should be the same color as the
chasuble which is worn by the chaplain.
Figure 3-59.The stole.