Albs

Albs

The alb is a full-length liturgical vestment worn by priests and other principal members of the clergy. The alb covers from the neck to the ankle and have long, wide arms that extend to the wrist of the wearer. The vestment is intended to be loose fitting. It is designed to be worn over the cassock or the habit during Mass and at other liturgical functions. A version of the alb is also worn by altar servers. Albs are based on the Greco-Roman tunic and are meant to symbolize the purity consonant with the celebration of the Mass. The design of the alb resembles the white robe with which Herod, in derision, ordered Christ to be covered.

Albs are always made of white material. They made be adorned with embroidery or accent stripes along the arms and near the lower hem, but the majority of the vestment is simply white. Albs are worn by members of the clergy in 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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Matthew F. Sheehan carries a large selection of top-quality priest albs to choose from. We carry Abbey Brand albs, Hayes and Finch priest albs, Murphy albs and more. Our albs for men and women are available in a variety of styles and designs to suit your needs. When not in use, albs should be hung to maintain their shape and minimize wrinkles. We also carry wooden hangers that are perfectly suited for all of your vestment storage needs.