[quote="jdc209, post:10, topic:264506"]
Thanks, Br. JR! I always love reading your insights! :thumbsup:
Yes, during one's fifth year in the Congregation of Holy Cross, he goes to the novitiate were he receives what we've been told as a "work habit," which I guess is a "work cassock" essentially.
But during his second year in Old College, he receives a cassock and surplice at one of the opening Log Chapel masses of the new school year. He's only allowed to wear them when serving at mass though.
After novitiate, Holy Cross religious are allowed to wear the "habit" (which as you say is simply a cassock with a pectoral crucifix and a shoulder cape) during Mass and outside of liturgical functions for special occasions. They kind of ease you into it.
The work cassock is to the congregations what the novice's habit is to the orders.
Br. JR, OSF :christmastree1: