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Pope Pius X wearing the falda
Pope Pius X wearing the falda

The falda (or fibria) is a particular papal vestment that forms a long skirt extending beneath the hem of the alb. When it is worn, the skirts of the falda are so long that the Pope needs train-bearers both in front and behind while he walks. It was used when the Pope celebrated Mass.[1] It can be used as well by the patriarch of Lisboa.

This form of vestment has its origins in the 15th century and earlier. It was initially made of cream-coloured silk and worn under the alb. It can be used in papal funerals, where it was draped over the body when it lay in state. Pope can use even a short version of falda (fimbria minori). It has, since the Pontificate of Paul VI, fallen into disuse.

References

  1. ^ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Pontifical Mass".