from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as gremial, 3.
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The primary object of the gremiale is to prevent the soiling of the other vestments, especially the chasuble.
The gremiale used during the pontifical Mass is made of silk.
The gremiale is never used during pontifical Vespers.
The gremiale is simply an apron of silk or linen which is spread over a bishop's lap when he is seated or using the holy oils.
Nine acolytes or clerics minister the book, bugia, mitre, crosier, censer, two acolyte candles, gremiale, and cruets, and four minister in turn at the washing of the bishop's hands.
The former are not allowed to bless the people as they pass through the church they have no right to a seventh candle on the altar; they vest in the sacristy and not in the sanctuary; they do not use faldstool, or bugia, or gremiale, or crosier, or Canon, and they are attended by no assistant priest; they do not say "Pax vobis", and they only wash their hands once, i.e. at the offertory.
When at the cathedra and even when standing, the Priest holds a "mappula" (gremiale).