Lenten Vestments—Front The Lenten paraments come with a full set of vestments: cope, chasuble, dalmatic, and tunicle.

The cope (center in the two top pictures) is worn by the officiant (either clergy or lay), most often at non-eucharistic liturgies. However, it is also worn at festival eucharistic celebrations when there is a major procession.

The cope uses both shades of purple found in the paraments. The front is decorated with contrasting panels along the opening and yoke. The closure is made from the red cloth. The back bears a center stripe of contrasting purple and the same five red squares as the altar frontal.

The dalmatic (left in the two top pictures) and tunicle (right in the two top pictures) are worn by the chief assisting ministers at both Holy Communion and Offices (Morning or Evening Prayer).

The dalmatic (worn by the deacon at Holy Communion) has two red squares arranged vertically along the wide stripe. The same design is repeated on the back.

The tunicle (worn by the subdeacon at Holy Communion) has one red square along the wide stripe. The same design is repeated on the back.

The chasuble (bottom picture) is worn for the celebrant at eucharistic celebrations. It is not worn at non-eucharistic services.

The chasuble has contrasting purple stripes near the sides and the same stylized Jerusalem Cross found on the altar frontal.

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Lenten Vestments—Back
Lenten Vestments—Chasuble