vestment for my funeral Mass
I have had a heavy few days, so something a little light. Fr Z, the Immortal, is running a poll on funeral vestments. There are three options according to the Roman Missal: black which has been worn from time immemorial; purple which seems to be an innovation, it is the colour of imperium, and introduces the idea of Lenten and Adventide waiting and yearning and finally white was introduced in the late sixties. I have always understood this as being an introduction for oriental cultures where white is the traditional mourning colour.picture
Though white was used before the council on the continent for the funeral palls of virgins, especially consecrated ones, and those who died before the age of reason, it has a long history associated with mourning in England, where stencilled or stamped unbleached linen was used as veiling for images and altars during Lent. It was quite distinct from the triumphant white of Eastertide.
Orthodox Christian "renewing" their baptism in the Jordan, the white baptismal garments are also their shrouds, their burial garments, once the have dried they will be put away until the day of their burial.
On Fr Z's blog amonst the comments some people are suggesting they want a white pall on their coffin as a sign of their baptismal garment. I would suggest that the baptismal garment's origin is actually the shroud of those who have died with Christ, rather than wearing street clothes in the coffin is it most appropriate that Christians wear a baptismal garment.