Monday, October 17, 2005

Canons in Cappa

Here is a nice article (in Italian, though) about canons in Paterno/Sicily, who had the right to wear the cappa magna. Every year on Good Friday they would have a procession through the streets of the town during which the trains of the Cappae would just trail on the ground behind the canons. Toghether with the matching zucchetto, stockings and buckled shoes this must have been some sight. And if I get it right (with my limited Italian and the not always reliable help of the Google Language Tool), the author of the article laments the disappearance of this old and beautiful custom.


Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

So did they wear black cappe magne or something? I've seen canons wearing black choir dress before. Apparently, they have special privileges (sp?).

11:30 PM  
Blogger leo said...

The cappae were of purple and/or violet colour, as were the shoes, stockings, zucchetto etc.
They must have looked pretty much like cardinals/bishops except for the pectoral crosses and the rings. Use the link I provided and you can see two of the cappae spread out in some church.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

Ah, see that now. Thanks!

12:35 AM  

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