Guidelines for Vesting

Priests

Normally, the celebrant at Holy Eucharist wears a alb (traditional or cassock-alb), stole, and chasuble. Chasubles should be worn throughout the service, and if the celebrant insists on donning it at the Offertory, the change should occur in the Vesting Sacristy, and not in view of the congregation. Chasubles are optional on “green Sundays” during the months of June through September. When the celebrant is not wearing a chasuble, a cassock-alb is preferable to a traditional alb. Assisting priests should wear a cassock and surplice with stole, but a cassock-alb with stole is acceptable.

On very special occasions and at the direction of the Rector, priests may wear copes for the Liturgy of the Word, and remove them or replace them with chasubles at the Offertory if they are involved in administration of Holy Communion. On such occasions, and at the direction of the Rector, priests assisting with the administration of Holy Communion may wear chasubles that compliment and do not overshadow that of the celebrant. A chasuble or cope always calls for an alb (traditional or cassock-alb), and not cassock and surplice.

When functioning as Officiant or other worship leader at a marriage or burial office without Holy Eucharist, or at a Committal that does not follow immediately after the burial office, the preferred vesting, in order of preference, is a white stole with no cope worn over a cassock and surplice (preferred) or cassock-alb; a cope, white stole, and alb (traditional or cassock-alb); or a white stole worn over professional and presentable street clothes.

When functioning as Officiant or other worship leader at the Daily Office or a choir service such as Lessons and Carols, the preferred vesting for a priest, in decreasing order of formality, is a cassock and surplice with optional but strongly preferred tippet and/or hood; or professional and presentable street clothes.

Unless directed otherwise by event organizers, a priest attending an Ordination and who is not part of the altar party should wear cassock and surplice (not alb) and stole, or wear professional and presentable street clothes. Vesting is strongly preferred if the priest is to participate in the laying-on of hands. Normally, only vested clergy process.

Unless directed otherwise by event organizers, a priest vesting to process at a large clergy gathering (e.g., an installation of a rector or vicar, or a convention liturgy) and who is not part of the altar party should wear, in order of preference, even if preaching: casssock, surplice, tippet, and hood; cassock, surplice, and stole; or alb and stole. Normally, only vested clergy process.

Deacons

Normally, the deacon of the table at Holy Eucharist wears a cassock-alb and stole. Other deacons at Holy Eucharist not setting the table should wear a cassock and surplice with stole, but a cassock-alb and stole is acceptable.

On very special occasions and at the direction of the Rector, the deacon of the table and the deacon of the Gospel may wear a dalmatic over an alb (traditional or cassock-alb) and stole. On such occasions, and at the direction of the Rector, other deacons assisting with the administration of Holy Communion may wear dalmatics that compliment and do not overshadow those of the deacons of the table and Gospel. A dalmatic always calls for an alb (traditional or cassock-alb), and not cassock and surplice. A dalmatic never should be worn if the celebrant is not wearing a cope or chasuble.

When functioning as Officiant or other worship leader at a marriage or burial office without Holy Eucharist, or at a Committal that does not follow immediately after the burial office, the preferred vesting, in order of preference, is a white stole worn over a cassock and surplice (preferred) or cassock-alb; or a white stole worn over professional and presentable street clothes.

When functioning as Officiant or other worship leader at the Daily Office or a choir service such as Lessons and Carols, the preferred vesting for a deacon, in decreasing order of formality, is a cassock and surplice with optional but strongly preferred tippet and/or hood; or professional and presentable street clothes.

Unless directed otherwise by event organizers, a deacon attending an Ordination and who is not part of the altar party should wear cassock and surplice (not alb) and stole, or wear professional and presentable street clothes. Normally, only vested clergy process.

Unless directed otherwise by event organizers, a deacon vesting to process at a large clergy gathering (e.g., an installation of a rector or vicar, or a convention liturgy) and who is not part of the altar party should wear, in order of preference, even if preaching: cassock, surplice, tippet, and hood; cassock, surplice, and stole; or alb and stole. Normally, only vested clergy process.

Eucharistic Ministers (not ordained)

Normally, Eucharistic Ministers vest in a cassock and surplice, but a cassock-alb is acceptable.

For weekday chapel worship and other less-formal liturgies, vesting is not required.

Vergers

Vergers wear a black cassock or verger’s gown.

Acolytes

Acolytes wear a cassock-alb or server’s alb. Cassock and surplice is an acceptable alternative.

Lectors and Intercessors

Lectors and Intercessors normally do not vest at St. Margaret’s, but optionally may vest in the same manner as a Eucharistic Minister.

Lay Preachers

Normally, Lay Preachers vest in a cassock and surplice with optional academic hood, but a cassock-alb is acceptable.

For weekday chapel worship and other less-formal liturgies, vesting is not required.

Organists and Music Leaders

Organists and music leaders vest in a cassock and surplice (normally with modified sleeves for an organist) or in a robe matching or complementing those of the choir.

Choristers

Choristers vest in a cassock and surplice or in choir robes.