The alb is a full-length liturgical vestment worn by principal clergy over the cassock or habit at liturgical functions. A version of the alb is also worn by altar servers. Albs are based on the Greco-Roman tunic and symbolize the purity consonant with the celebration of the Mass. The design resembles the white robe with which Herod, in derision, ordered Christ to be covered.
The alb is always white. The Alb is worn by clergy of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Methodist churches. In high Anglican churches the alb is an undergarment worn under vestments. In lower and broad Anglican churches, the alb is considered everyday wear.
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