from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a sleeveless vestment of silk or woolen stuff, which reaches to the knees and is fastened in front, worn by cardinals, bishops, abbots, and the prelates of the Roman court.
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With regard to the ornaments just mentioned and other such pontificals or quasi-pontificals as the manteletta, mozzetta, rationale, rochet, etc. nearly all will be found separately treated in their alphabetical order.
Although, as a bishop, the sagrista enjoys the use of the rochet, he wears it only in very exceptional cases, always wearing the mozzetta over the manteletta.
It is worn by cardinals, bishops, and prelates di manteletta.
Mark noticed that the pastor did not wear the manteletta of a prelate, but only the surplice of a simple priest.