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The term paraments (from Lat. parare, “prepare”) denotes all the textiles used in the church and its worship, including the vestments of the liturgical ministers and the cloth furnishings of the altar, the liturgical vessels (Liturgical implements), the church furniture, and the church interior. They underline the sacral dimension of the liturgy and lend it solemnity.

The development of paraments began in the 4th century and had spread throughout the West by the 9th century. It was the liturgical vestments and insignia above all that c…

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Sporbeck, Gudrun, “Vestments/Paraments”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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