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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See biretta.

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  • n. a stiff cap with ridges across the crown; worn by Roman Catholic clergy


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  • Whether or not I wear a cassock and birretta around town is another matter. previousnext

    trinityboy Diary Entry

  • At the intonation "Magnificat", all who are in the sanctuary arise, and the celebrant (having first removed his birretta "in honour of the canticles") goes with his assistants to the altar, where, with the customary reverences, etc., he blesses the incense and incenses the altar as at the beginning of solemn Mass.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy


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