Italia Range Pontifical Gauntlets

The Episcopal gloves or Pontifical gloves (chirothecœ, called also at an earlier date manicœ, wanti) are a Roman Catholic pontifical vestment worn a by bishop when celebrating Solemn Pontifical Mass. They are worn from the beginning of the Mass until the offertory, when they are removed. They can be elaborately embroidered and generally match the liturgical colour of the Mass. They are not worn for Good Friday or Requiem Masses. While normally reserved for bishops, other prelates entitled to use Pontificals, including abbots, may also use them without a special papal privilege.

 

The gloves are considered symbolic of purity, the performance of good works and carefulness in procedure.

 

The Caeremoniale Episcoporum, as revised in 1984, omits all mention of episcopal gloves. They are very rarely seen today except in celebrations of the 1962 form of the Roman Rite or yet earlier forms by some traditionalist Catholics. Anglo-Catholic and Old Catholic bishops also sometimes make use of the Episcopal gloves.

 

Episcopal gloves are used only at a Pontifical Mass, and then only up to the washing of the hands before the Eucharistic Sacrifice. In the pre-Vatican II rite of consecration of a bishop, the consecrator, aided by the assisting bishops, put the gloves on the new bishop just after the blessing.

 

The use of episcopal gloves became customary in Rome probably in the tenth century, outside of Rome they were employed somewhat earlier.  Apparently, they were first used in

France, as the earliest traces of the custom are found in this country, whence it gradually spread into all other parts and eventually to Rome. The chief reason for the introduction of

the usage was probably the desire to provide a suitable adornment for the hands of the bishop, rather than practical considerations such as the preservation of the cleanliness of

the hands etc. Episcopal gloves appertained originally to bishops, but at an early date their use was also granted to other ecclesiastics, thus no later than 1070 the abbot of the

monastery of San Pietro in Cielo d'Oro at Pavia received this privilege, the first certain instance of such permission.

We offer you below a range of Gauntlets, made in Rome and available with a lead time of circa 2 weeks.  Two distinctive embroidery styles and all liturgical colours offered

Prodotti di Guanti Lunghi Pontificali

Italia Range Gauntlets - IT-GAUN-01

Italia Range Pontifical Gauntlets with simple handmade embroidery design in fine gold threads.  Colours available:  Crimson Red, White, Green & Purple.

Made in Italy and to order with a leadtime of circa 2 weeks

Italia Range Gauntlets - IT-GAUN-02

Italia Range Pontifical Gauntlets with simple handmade detailed embroidery design in fine gold threads.  Colours available:  Crimson Red, White, Green & Purple.

Made in Italy and to order with a leadtime of circa 2 weeks