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The pall is placed on the casket or coffin as soon as it arrives at the church and will remain on the coffin during all of proceedings in the church.

If the family members wish to view the deceased, this would normally be done previously at the funeral home before the casket or coffin is brought to the church; but customs will vary from denomination to denomination. The pall will be removed at the graveside, just before the casket or coffin is lowered into the ground.

If the remains are to be cremated, the pall-covered casket or coffin will go through a curtain, and the pall will be removed.

Funeral Palls...

A pall (also called mortcloth) is a cloth that covers a casket or coffin at funerals. The word comes from the Latin pallium (cloak), through Old English. It is also is a stiffened square card covered with white linen, usually embroidered with a cross or some other appropriate symbol. The purpose of the pall is to keep dust and insects from falling into the Eucharistic elements in a chalice. The derivation is the same: the cloth is named after the presumed cloth that covered Jesus.

The use of a rich cloth pall to cover the casket or coffin during the funeral grew during the Middle Ages; initially these were brightly coloured and patterned, only later black, and later still white. They were usually then given to the Church to use for vestments or other decorations.

The rules for the pall's colour and use vary depending on religious and cultural traditions. Commonly today palls are pure white, to symbolize the white clothes worn during baptism and the joyful triumph over death brought about by the Resurrection. The colour is not fixed, though, and may vary with the liturgical season. Traditionally, it is common for the pall, as well as the vestments of the clergy to be black. The pall will often be decorated with a cross, often running the whole length of the cloth from end to end in all four directions, signifying the sovereignty of Christ's triumph over sin and death on the cross.

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We are also able to offer you the complete Funeral set either comprising Funeral Pall and matching Chasuble or Dalmatic or the Funeral Pall complete with Chasbuble and matching Dalmatic for a complete look.

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F-PALL-SET

330 x 210cm (LxD) Funeral Pall made from damask fabric with woven bands and centre embroidered gold orphrey on velvet centre emblem (cross). Lined in matching colour. Complete with matching Vestment(s), lined (vestments only) and with stole.

Available in the following colours: (Black, white, cream, purple)

* Dalmatic does not feature embroidered cross...

To fully complete the set we also offer the matching Funeral Cope with the same matching, woven bands and as above and rear hanging tassel on hood...

KY113-CZ25T
KY113-B25T
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FUNERAL COPE KY113

Matching Funeral Cope in woven damask fabric, matching semi
gothic style orphreys and centre rear hood tassel to really finish
off the set. Lined in matching colour.

Available in the following colours: (Black, white, cream, purple)

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