Vimpae

The vimpa is used to hold the mitre or crosier, thus preventing direct contact with the pontificalia by anyone other than the bishop. The two vimpa-bearers attend the bishop during Pontifical Mass, and follow him in procession. Their function is to show the congregation that the person carrying the item (either the Mitre or the Crozier) does not have the authority of a bishop. For the same reason, the carrier of the Crozier also holds it in the closed position, i.e. crook facing towards them, in contrast to the bishop, who holds it with the crook facing away from himself.
 


The vimpa may take the form of a cape-like shawl or a many-pleated scarf, with a base colour usually of either white or silver. A vimpa can be a simple white/silver veil or can be fashioned with one or many liturgical symbols, such as crosses. The vimpa can hang on the mitre- and crosier-bearers' shoulders or be secured in the front by velcro, ribbon or even clasps. They can end as short as the server's waist, and as long as the server's feet.
 
Due to its form, many people often mistake the vimpa for a Humeral Veil which is used to hold the Monstrance. There is nothing wrong with a vimpa being fashioned like a humeral veil as long as it is not overdone and follows important rules such as colour and design. Since it is only used at Pontifical Masses, a well-fashioned vimpa can stand out in the grandness of the celebration and appear spectacular when holding a mitre and crozier.

 

A vimpa (plural: vimpae) is a veil or shawl worn over the shoulders of servers who carry the mitre and crosier during liturgical functions when they are not being used by the

bishop, in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some other western churches.  We can now offer this garment made to order in about 10 days  Usually supplied in pairs. 

 

Complete with white cotton gloves.
 

We also have our ITALIA RANGE Vimpa available in 100% pure silk, handmade in Rome for those who require a silk fabric.  See the Italia Range menus page.

Vimpa for use whe carrying the Crozier & Mitre

Woven Vimpa - VIMPW01

​North East Church Supplies made to order white woven fabric Vimpa.

Comes with white lining, 2 hand pockets for handling the Mitre & Crozier and gold trim with gold fringe to bottom hems.  Sized at 230cm x 55cm.

Choice of fastening:  White ribbons to tie, gold braid fixed fastening or gold cope style clasp.

Supplied with pair white cotton gloves as standard.

Vimpa for use whe carrying the Crozier & Mitre
Damask white vimpae fabric

Damask Vimpa - VIMPD01

​North East Church Supplies made to order white damask fabric Vimpa.

Comes with white lining, 2 hand pockets for handling the Mitre & Crozier and gold trim with gold fringe to bottom hems.  Sized at 230cm x 55cm. 

Choice of fastening:  White ribbons to tie, gold braid fixed fastening or gold cope style clasp.

Supplied with pair white cotton gloves as standard.

Damask fabric pattern shown (left)