o The chasuble is the last article put on and the first to be laid out for vesting. The chasuble is
a loose, flowing, liturgically colored garment. It covers all the garments worn and, when laid
out correctly, is folded so that the upper piece of material on the vesting surface is doubled
back permitting the chaplain to slip the chasuble on easily. In order to distinguish the front
from the back of the chasuble, look for the manufacturer's label inside the back collar and, if
there are snaps or zippers, they will be on the left shoulder.
o The stole is worn over the chaplain's shoulders during the service. It is the same color as the
chasuble and is approximately seven to eight feet long. To lay it out correctly, arrange the
stole in an "M" shape for the chaplain's convenience. The color for the season will appear in
the "V" portion of the "M", and the cross will be facing up.
o The cincture is a rope-like cord used as a belt over the stole. It is rolled when not in use and
untied when laid out, with the tassels facing the right.
o The alb is laid out last since it is the first vestment that the chaplain puts on. It is a loose,
white, floor-length robe. When laid out, the alb must be gathered on the vesting surface to be
put on easily. The alb is placed face down on the cincture.
o The surplice is a loose, white, knee-length robe with large, open sleeves.
This concludes lesson one. You should know how to identify the ecclesiastical equipment used for
Catholic Mass, how to prepare and set up a garrison chapel for a Catholic Mass, and how to identify
and lay out the chaplain's vestments. After reviewing all the material in this lesson, you should
complete the practice exercise for lesson one. Answer and feedback for the questions in the practice
exercise will be provided to show you where further study is required.