Chasuble It is a term from the low Latin casubla, which can be translated as “Hooded coat”. This is the name of a garment used by the priests at the time of the celebration of the mass.

The chasuble is a long robe covering the rest of the clothes. It has, in its center, an opening through which the head. This type of clothing is used by the Roman rite priests, for the Lutheran ministers of Scandinavia and, in certain events, by the anglicans.


The chasuble is part of the priests’ clothing during the celebration of mass.

Origins of the chasuble

According to historians, the chasuble derives from the pennula that was used in the Ancient Rome. The penula was a cape (a coat) that was placed over the head and lacked sleeves. The penula was usually carried when traveling because it provided protection against rain.

It can be said that the chasuble has its origin in that garment. All the clergy used it in the liturgy until, from the 9th century, the dalmatic and the tunicel according to hierarchy given by the order reached.

The first chasubles were made with wool and then they started to be realized with silk, also adding various embroideries. With the weatherIt was decided to minimize the weight of the garment and to favor the mobility of the priests through cuts on the sides.

The historical development of the chasuble also brought differences between the garments worn by the churches of the different countries. According to the festival, meanwhile, the colors of the clothing change.


The color of the chasuble depends on what is established in the liturgical year.

Uses and colors

The characteristics of the chasuble are defined in the roman missal, liturgical book that details how the mass should be celebrated according to this rite. There it is indicated that the chasuble should be the priest’s garment during mass.

If there are several priests in the ceremony, all must wear the chasuble; However, if these garments are not sufficiently available, the one who must wear them is the main celebrant. The bishops, for their part, they use the chasuble as their outer garment.

The missal states that the chasuble must be worn over the fur collar (the band that is placed on the neck) and the Sunrise (a tunic). Its color must correspond to the one that marks the liturgical year.

Thus, the chasuble can be white, purple, green, pink, red or blue depending on the celebration. Each hue has a meaning: white, for example, is associated with purity and glory, while green means hope and red is linked to the blood of Christ.

What does the chasuble symbolize

In the Roman Apostolic Catholicism, it is understood that this garment symbolizes the charity, allowing sins to be covered. Also, as it rests on the shoulders, it represents the soft yoke of God.

The decor of the chasuble, on the other hand, remember that Mass is not just another activity: it is a sacred event of great importance.

Other meanings of the concept

The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), in his dictionary, refers to another use of chasuble that occurs particularly in Honduras.

The chasuble, in this sense, is the shell that have certain grains. The coffee and the rice They have a chasuble; in the case of rice, this husk can be used to make ecological building blocks and biofuel.