The Philippi headwear collection is currently the world’s largest
collection of clerical, ecclesiastical and religious head coverings
and is unique in both its scope and size. You will find examples of headgear from every religious persuasion around the globe, whether ceremonial or worn as part of everyday life. In addition, the collection includes 116 religious objects.
April 14, 2011
The Barett of the Kirchenschweizer I
The task of a "Kirchenschweizer" (usher, verger, staff-bearer?) is, during the liturgy and in the church building, to ensure order and silence. During the service the "Kirchenschweizer" with his festive attire (usually a red robe, a long black staff with a round carving at the top and a red hat with a black ribbon and a black pompon on the top), helps everyone to find a seat, escort the entry and the recession and organizes the dignified reception of Holy Communion.
"Vergers arrive early and assist with setting up the Cathedral. The Verger can be found moving furniture to its proper place, making sure the books for the Clergy and Readers are ready to go, working with the Altar Guild to ensure enough bread and wine are supplied, making sure all the Acolyte positions are filled as well as anything else that needs to be done before the service to make sure the liturgy runs smoothly."
"Les deux bedeaux : Employés laïcs d’église, ils s'assurent du bon déroulement des cérémonies religieuses. Celui de gauche (11) est un vigneron aisé tandis que celui de droite (12) est un cordonnier modeste. La couleur rouge de leur costume et de leur toque les fait sortir tout droit d'une toile italienne du bas Moyen Âge, cependant on a retrouvé dans la sacristie de l'église d'Ornans une de ces toques." Wikipedia