March 26, 2011

Biretta Specialties

Here some fascinating biretta sights:

Monsignore Angelo Amodeo
Canonico del Capitolo del Duomo di Milano
is wearing a black biretta made of silk fabric with moiré effect, 3 horns (blades, wings)
and an amaranth pompon


Wolfgang Maria Hagl ,OSB, Abbot of Metten
wearing a black biretta with 3 horns (blades, wings) and a golden pompon


Biretta with 3 horns (blades, wings) and a green pompon,
 worn by the bishops in Haute Italie (Northern Italy) according:

Barbier de Montault, Xavier:
Le costume et les usages ecclésiastiques selon la tradition romaine, Band 1: Règles générales, le costume usuel, le costume de chœur, Letouzey et Ané, Paris, ca. 1900
page 235, note 3, (click on the picture to enlarge)

The biretta of Tuntenhausen

© picture: ?
Brocade biretta on the table left

Anglo-Catholic clergy tend to make up their own dress-rules, keeping vaguely to pre-conciliar norms and adding to them when it suits them. What they refer to as the Augustinian biretta is double height (14 cm) of a normal biretta. They get this from the Norbertine picture of the friar with the very tall biretta, and have adapted it to the black biretta.

© Facebook "Fans del Bonete"
Anthony Murley
"Un bonete augustino anglicano, en la tradicion del colegio de sacerdotes de la Sagrada Casa de Walsingham, como se puede apreciar en Fr Alfred Hope Patten, en los primeros anio de 1950."

The Augustinian Biretta or "Father Alfred Hope Patten Biretta" or "CSA (Colegio San Agustín) Biretta" is much more higher (14 cm) than the Ambrosian biretta.
Fr Patten (the priest wearing the cope in the middle) assisted by Fr Bales
and Fr Michael Smith


Augustinian Biretta or "Father Alfred Hope Patten Biretta" or "CSA (Colegio San Agustín) Biretta" made of black silk with moiré-effect, 3 horns (blades, wings) and a ruby pompon. Inside it is lined with red cotton.

Normal (7-8 cm)  -  Ambrosian (9-10 cm)  -  Augustinian (13-14 cm)


Biretta in black with 3 horns (blades, wings) and a tongue worn by friars of the
 Society of Jesus (S.J., Jesuits) according:
Barbier de Montault, Xavier:
Le costume et les usages ecclésiastiques selon la tradition romaine, Band 1: Règles générales, le costume usuel, le costume de chœur, Letouzey et Ané, Paris, ca. 1900
page 233, fig. 33, (click on the picture to enlarge)






Niels Stensen (Nicolas Steno)
wearing a high green biretta without wings


Biretta of a Subdeacon: only one horn (blade, wing) with a black pompon
made of woolen threads


Biretta in navy-blue made for Archdeacon of Aquarian Catholic Spiritual Community (Aquarian Catholic Liberal Church) with 3 horns (blades, wings) and navy-blue pompon


Biretta in navy-blue made for Archdeacon of Aquarian Catholic Spiritual Community (Aquarian Catholic Liberal Church) with 3 horns (blades, wings) and navy-blue pompon


Biretta in white silk with 3 horns (blades, wings) and rubi pompon,
inside lined with green cotton.
Worn by canons in equatorial areas together with the white "tropical" cassock.
[Not according the Roman Catholic guidelines.]


Biretta in white silk with 3 horns (blades, wings) and an amaranth pompon, 
inside lined with green cotton.
Worn by bishops in equatorial areas together with the white "tropical" cassock.
[Not according the Roman Catholic guidelines.]


Rhema Life Kingdom Worship Center, Killeen, Texas, USA
wearing an amaranth biretta with 3 horns (blades, wings) and a black pompon




Red biretta, 3 horns (blades, wings) and red pompon
Bicolor biretta (white-red) with 3 horns (blades, wings) and yellow/golden pompon









Brocade birettas
These birettas, made of brocade fabric, 3 of them (with the orthodox patterns) I found in Sofia, Bulgaria


Sunshade birettas

A blue purple biretta with 3 horns (blades, wings)


wearing a blue-purple biretta with 3 horns (blades, wings) and a blue-purple pompon
made of velvet



Birettas worn by the members of the "Guild of Our Lady of Hanworth" in the church of St George in Hanworth, near Feltham in Middlesex
The clergy established a "Guild of Our Lady of Hanworth". For their services they wear sky-blue shoulder-capes, and black moiré birettas with blue lining and blue tassels. The leader of the Guild wears a pale blue moiré biretta.

Birettas worn by the clergy of
ICRSP - Institutum Christi Regis Summi Sacerdotis
For more details see here.

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