I had a nice chat with the parishioner who oversees purificator laundering. Lots of history for me to learn, plus discussions on procedures and such. At what point do we retire “holey” linens, I was asked. A few purificators have frayed at the creases, and one has an opening fitting for a thumb.
I was informed that linen is considered a “green” choice as a fabric. We have a sort of mix-n-match here at the new parish. My coordinator suspects a few purificators are artificial fabric in part, as they stick to her iron. She returns these pieces to the very rear of the linen drawer.
Anyway, the purple armchair question is this:
Are purificators meant to be used in the folded position? At daily Mass today, we had a visiting priest and he ministered the Cup. I was about three-fourths of the way through the Communion line and I noticed his purificator was still folded.
Does everybody fold in thirds, then halfway? Liam, or others: why is this?