The Humeral Veil

“It is impossible to determine when the Roman Ritual first prescribed the use of the humeral veil. It was probably towards the close of the Middle Ages. The custom is first alluded to in “Ordo Rom. XV” (c. lxxvii). In many places outside of Rome the humeral veil was not adopted for the aforesaid functions until very recent times. It was prescribed in Milan, by St. Charles Borromeo, for processions of the Blessed Sacrament and for carrying Holy Viaticum to the sick. Its use at high Mass dates back as far at least as the eighth century, for it was mentioned, under the name of sindon, in the oldest Roman Ordo. It undoubtedly goes back to a more remote antiquity. It was slow in finding its way into use outside of Rome, and was not adopted in certain countries (France, Germany) until the nineteenth century.”–Catholic Encyclopedia

It should not be confused with the vimpa, which is the veil worn by those servers who act as crosier and mitre-bearers. Here Archbishop Burke is accompanied by three servers, two of whom are wearing vimpae.

(You have no idea how hard it was to find a picture of a vimpa!)


6 Responses to “The Humeral Veil”

  1. Dan Darmanin Says:

    That is sweet!
    If anyone can find a picture of a vimpa, it would be you!

  2. Dan Darmanin Says:

    Oh…and I served during that procession as candle barer alongside Ben. Kevin was thurifer.

  3. Kevin Says:

    Nice work tracking down the vimpae!

  4. Chris Berke Says:

    I have fond memories of beautiful humeral veils that matched certain copes used for Benediction and Eucharistic Processions. When placed on the shoulders of the priest the design on the humeral veil would match that of the back of the cope. I haven’t seen any sets of these since moving to Florida.

  5. Tomo-o Takai Says:

    Dear Sirs,

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    We are looking for vimpae to wear at coming solemn pontifical mass in November. Does anyone know suitable site (either in English, French or Italy is OK) which provide us vimpae through Internet or snail mail?

    We appreciate your kind information.

    Regards from Japan,

    • LeMieux Says:

      Try they have made some pretty nice ones for the likes of Cardinal Burke and the Anglican Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

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