ASK FATHER: Why do servers lift the chasuble during the elevation of the Host?

Posted December 26, 2017 11:12 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Why do servers lift the chasuble during the elevation of the Host?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Why do servers elevate the chasuble during the elevation of the host? I was looking for a good answer after my mom asked me. Thanks!
The practical answer is the best answer.
It is a custom to lift hems of chasubles and albs and copes which arose from practical need.  This is not prescribed in the rubrics.
Vestments of yore – and today – were fuller, draping lots of material over the arms, which could sometimes be heavy.  The weight of vestments were increased by ornamentation.  At the consecration, the edge of the the chasuble would be raised to assist the

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