Humeral veil

Humeral veil

The humeral veil is one of the liturgical vestments of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches. It consists of a piece of cloth about 2.75 m long and 90 cm wide draped over the shoulders and down the front, normally of silk or gold. At the ends there are usually pockets in the back for hands to go into so that the wearer can hold items without touching them with his hands. [CathEncy|url=http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07542b.htm|title=Humeral Veil] When it was more widely used as part of the Liturgy, before the reforms surrounding Vatican II, the humeral veil normally matched the liturgical colours of the vestments, or otherwise was of white or gold.

It is most often seen during the liturgy of Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The priest or deacon uses it when he holds the monstrance over the people at the benediction part of the rite. The Celebrant covers his hands with the ends of the veil so that his hands do not touch the monstrance, thus symbolizing that it is Jesus present in the Eucharistic species that blesses the people and not the minister.

The Humeral Veil is also commonly seen on Holy Thursday and Good Friday when the Ciborium containing the Blessed Sacrament is processed to and from the Altar of Repose, for Adoration on Holy Thursday and for distribution on Good Friday.

Until the reform of the minor orders after the Second Vatican Council, it was also used by the subdeacon at High Mass when he carried the chalice, paten, or other sacred vessels since those were to be touched only by the deacon. This use remains in communities which use the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

The vimpa, similar to a humeral veil, is sometimes used during a Pontifical Mass. Whenever a bishop presides over Mass and uses a mitre and crosier, the altar servers assigned to hold those items for the prelate would cover themselves with the vimpa before holding them, symbolizing that the items do not belong to them.

ee also

*Anglican devotions
*Sacramentals

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  • Humeral Veil — • The name given to a cloth of rectangular shape about 8 feet long and 18 inches wide Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Humeral Veil     Humeral Veil      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Humeral veil — Humeral Hu mer*al, a. [L. humerus the shoulder: cf. F. hum[ e]ral.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the humerus, or upper part of the arm; brachial. [1913 Webster] {Humeral veil} (R. C. Ch.), a long, narrow veil or scarf of the same material as the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • humeral veil — n. Eccles. a long, narrow piece of cloth, usually of silk, worn over the shoulders and covering the hands as of a priest holding the monstrance at Benediction …   English World dictionary

  • humeral veil — noun a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl • Syn: ↑veil • Derivationally related forms: ↑veil (for: ↑veil) • Hypernyms: ↑vestment * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • humeral veil — noun Date: 1853 an oblong vestment worn around the shoulders and over the hands by a priest holding a sacred vessel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • humeral veil — Eccles. a fringed scarf, usually white and ornamented in the middle, worn over the shoulders by a priest or subdeacon during certain parts of a High Mass. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • Humeral — Hu mer*al, a. [L. humerus the shoulder: cf. F. hum[ e]ral.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the humerus, or upper part of the arm; brachial. [1913 Webster] {Humeral veil} (R. C. Ch.), a long, narrow veil or scarf of the same material as the vestments …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • veil — [vāl] n. [ME veile, veil, sail, curtain < NormFr < L vela, neut. pl., taken as fem., of velum, sail, cloth, curtain < IE base * weg , to weave, attach, a textile > OIr figim, I weave, OE wecca, wick] 1. a piece of light fabric, as of… …   English World dictionary

  • Veil — This article is about the article of clothing, or a religious item. For other uses, see Veil (disambiguation). Standing woman holding her veil. Terracotta figurine, ca. 400–375 BC. A veil is an article of clothing, worn almost exclusively by… …   Wikipedia

  • Veil, Humeral — • The name given to a cloth of rectangular shape about 8 feet long and 18 inches wide Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

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