cappa choralis

Also known as

  • cappa nigra


  • Latin: choir cape; black cape


A long black mantle, commonly with a hood. It was worn in choir during the Divine Office by the clergy of cathedral churches and by many religious, and is still retained by the Dominicans during winter months.

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    MLA Citation

    • “cappa choralis”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 February 2013. Web. 9 October 2015. <>