Our server albs have been deteriorating badly over the past several years. Velcro wearing out, hems ripping, too many stains, and thinning fabric all make for a garb for a less than classy appearance for these liturgical ministers. Today was the day to head to our local Catholic supply and bookstore, I Donnelly’s, check our some styles with our server captains. Mike was most helpful in guiding us to some good options.
First, we have the monastic alb. Hood is optional; you can get ‘em with or without. Light and cool polycotton, but wrinkly and rather see-through. Economically sound, though: only $38 to $47 each.
Then we have the front wrap alb. No zippers. Three small velcro patches to keep everything in place. Can be used with or without cincture. These items run $70 to $88.
What do you think of the cassock + surplice combo? These were only $55 to $72 for each set.
I told the kids they could choose the style. I’ll give you twenty-four hours to weigh in on what you would choose, what you think they chose, and what you think my opinion might be. Then I’ll tell you the final choice.