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Called in Latin casula planeta or pænula, and in early Gallic sources amphibalus, the principal and most conspicuous Eucharistic vestment which covers all the rest, casula means “little shelter or house”. The chasuble along with the stole and maniple, burse and chalice veil comprise what used to be called the “Low Mass” set. Not many churches still use the maniple these days. Styles come and go as far as the shape of the chasuble is concerned, but certain areas of the world have a preference for a particular shape. The “fiddleback” or Roman shape is still popular in Spain, Italy and Mexico whereas the Gothic or Ample Gothic is found widely in America and England. The monastic cut with a rolled collar is also enjoying popularity. Click on the diagram below to study the shapes and styles in greater detail in an enlarged format.

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