Long, close-sleeved vestments with a full skirt, usually of linen. Albs are worn by Christian priests and occasionally by consecrated kings, often beneath other vestments. They are white in the Western Church and of varying colors in the Eastern Church. Albs were sometimes decorated with richly embroidered apparels at the wrists and along the bottom.

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Long, close-sleeved vestments with a full skirt, usually of linen. Albs are worn by Christian priests and occasionally by consecrated kings, often beneath other vestments. They are white in the Western Church and of varying colors in the Eastern Church. Albs were sometimes decorated with richly embroidered apparels at the wrists and along the bottom. The term also refers to similar secular garments, especially those worn in Greco-Roman times.

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albs
Date Published
December 12, 2012
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April 22, 2021