[quote=Tired]Is anyone here aware if it is proper for altar servers to wear white “military-like” cloth dress gloves while serving? I have seen this in the past in another part of the country at an extremely formal parish and I’m wondering if it’s common in other parishes in the USA?
It may well have been that they were wearing the gloves due to the cold weather and/or because they didn’t want to tarnish the metal brightwork, but I’m not certain.
It could be trying to get back to a sense of the sacred sort of thing which is ok to me.
In my parish, only the priest or deacon or the Sacristan is allowed to touch the sacred vessels (ciboriums, chalice, monstrance, pix), however if anyone else must touch them they must use a glove or hold them through a finger towel or, as the sub-deacon holds the paten from the Offertory until midway through the pater noster through a humeral veil.
Also there is the time we had our processional crucifix professionally cleaned and polished and the crucifer always wore white gloves in order not to put finger prints on it.