What Does Surplice Mean?


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The word surplice has its origin in Medieval Latin nad is taken from the word superpellicium. Superpellicium literally means super fur coat. Later, it was adapted as sourpeliz by Old French; as surpliz by Anglo-Norman; and as surplis by Middle English. Surplice is a white vestment worn by clergy and choristers. It is generally a loose-fitting garment and is worn over cassock. It has very broad sleeves.

The priests or clergy men were a stole over it, especially for liturgical ceremonies. Cope or a covering that resembles a cloak is worn over the three clothes –cassock, surplice and stole. It signifies greater solemnity. With the progressing years variations have been introduced in the design of the surplice. There are surplices without sleeves, slit-up arms and bee-shaped surplices.

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