Catholic Pocket Dictionary – alb

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A vestment of white linen, reaching from head to foot and with sleeves, which the priest puts on before saying Mass, with the prayer “Make me white, Lord, and cleanse me,” etc. It sprang from the under-garment the tunic of the Romans and Greeks, which was usually white, although alba does not occur as a technical term for the white tunic till nearly the end of the third century.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “alb”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 January 2016. Web. 5 December 2016. <>