The priests, oblates, seminarians and sisters of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest are invested with a distinctive choir habit that demonstrates the unity and spirituality of the Institute.
The choir habit, varying by rank, has a rochet, a blue or black mozetta with blue piping, and the cross of St. Francis de Sales (one of the three co-patrons of the Institute) on a blue ribbon. All the priests, seminarians and oblates wear a biretta with a blue tuft as well. The Sisters wear a blue mantle over their black habits, and the laity in the Society of the Sacred Heart have a smaller St. Francis de Sales Cross.
The blue signifies the Institute’s devotion to Our Lady, and the strong connections with the spiritual teachings of St. Francis de Sales.
Cardinal Antonelli, the Archbishop of Florence, invested the Institute’s superiors and seminarians with the choir habit in 2006. This past June, Archbishop Burke of St. Louis invested the priests, oblates and sisters in the United States with the choir habit.
Beautiful pictures. Lately, I have been attending a Tridentine Latin Mass at Saint Margaret Mary in Oakland, California, and Rev. Michael Wiener wares the biretta with a blue tuff. During High Mass he goes through a ritual of taking off the biretta and putting it back on several times during the Mass. During Low Mass he only takes off his biretta when he enters and puts it back on when he leaves.
Just wondering, is the same exact biretta ritual practiced by the other priest orders like Franciscans or Jesuits during a Tridentine Mass?
I noticed the distinctive garb when looking through pictures of the recent priestly ordinations in St. Louis. I found it surprising but pleasant that they have distinctive dress. Since it is a choir habit, though, do the clerics have two different birettas - a blue tuft for choir and black tuft for serving Mass?
I seen the blue tuft used during both High and Low Tridentine Masses here in the Diocese of Oakland, but the priest is also the Episcopal Delegate for the Latin Rite of 1962 Indult Mass. Whether a lower priest wares the blue tuft during the Mass, I don’t know?
The priest will remove the biretta a couple times while sitting during the Gloria. He does this at the times during the Gloria prayer when the Holy Name of Jesus is mentioned. Traditionally, Catholics hold great reverance for the given name of Our Lord, and would make the sign of the cross, bow their heads slightly, or say a short, silent prayer when the Holy Name was mentioned. The priest removes his biretta to show this (if the Master of Ceremonies is standing, you may have seen him bowing during these same parts).
Religious orders like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites and Benedictines had their own traditional Liturgical Rites (quite similar to the Tridentine though), with differant practices. Monks and Friars would usually have a cowl (hood) as part of their habit, and so would remove this at the same points where the priest in the Tridentine removes his biretta. You may have seen that video of a Tridentine Mass in 1941 celebrated by a priest of the Order of Servites- instead of a biretta he has a small cowl.
The Jesuits do not have their own Liturgical Rite, so they use the Roman Rite (and before 1970 would have used the Tridentine). Nor do they have any distinctive habits or clothing, like the orders mention above, so they would have worn the biretta.
Thanks a million. I will cut and paste your post to my Documents File for future reference. I’m trying to learn all I can about the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priesthood, because I can hear God calling me over there at Saint Margaret Mary. It’s in a beautiful location in the Oakland Hills, and from the parking lot I can look over the top of downtown Oakland across the Bay to downtown San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
On the way out of church yesterday I picked up a flyer for another Sovereign King traditional Latin churches in Santa Clara. I drove down there today, and it’s an old wood frame church with wood siding. Guess the San Jose Diocese couldn’t afford a better building for them? What is remarkable is that wood church is only about 4 blocks from the famous Santa Clara University which is Catholic, and also Saint Clare Parish which is a big church. The Catholics are financially strong down in Santa Clara.
The traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area is now as bad as in Los Angeles, and that’s pretty bad. However, it’s nice to have a second Latin Rite Church nearby. The Santa Clara church is Latin only, and has Sunday High Masses at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 5:30 AM Then on Tuesday 10:00 AM, Friday 6:30 AM, and First Saturday 10:00 AM.
I have so many Latin Masses going on around me, what a blessing.
I forgot to mention that the priest gave the homily with the biretta on during both Sunday High Masses.
If you have any more questions on the Institute of Christ the King or the Tridentine Mass in general, feel free to ask or PM me. I’m going to be visiting the Institute’s priory in Chicago next month to meet with Msgr. Schmitz, the Vicar General and American Superior.
It is indeed a blessing to have so many traditional Masses around you. I hope and pray that the Mass will be a great source of God’s grace for you.