Copes

The cope (Known in Latin as pluviale 'rain coat' or cappa 'cape') is a liturgical vestment, which may conveniently be described as a very long mantle or cloak, open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp. It may be of any liturgical colour.

A cope may be worn by any rank of the clergy. If worn by a bishop it should be accompanied by a mitre. The often highly ornamented clasp is called a morse.

There has been little change in the character of the vestment from the earliest ages. Then as now it was made of a piece of silk or other cloth of semicircular shape, which distinguished it from the earlier form of chasuble, as a chasuble had straight edges sewn together in front. Both are similar in form and origin to the Orthodox phelonion.

The only noticeable modification which the cope has undergone lies in the disappearance of the hood. Some early examples feature a triangular hood, which was intended to be of practical utility in covering the head in processions, etc., but over time the hood became merely ornamental, and is commonly represented by a sort of shield of embroidery, sometimes adorned with a fringe or tassel. The fact that in many early chasubles, as depicted in the drawings of the eighth and ninth centuries, we see clear traces of a primitive hood, strongly confirms the view that in their origin cope and chasuble were identical, the chasuble being only a cope with its edges sewn together.

All Copes are sized as follows:-

Length - 145cm front
Length - 145cm back

This equates to 58" standard length

North East Church Supplies Roman Copes
North East Church Supplies Gothic Copes

Roman Style Copes

A range of Roman traditional styled Copes in an array of fabrics and designs

Marian Style Copes

A range of Marian style Copes suitable for Feasts and Celebrations for Our Lady Mary

Gothic Style Copes

A large selection of Gothic style Copes in woven fabrics, damask, brocade and velvets

vestment covers

A range of covers suitable for all garments/vestments

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vestment hangers

Suitable for a wide range of vestments including Copes