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St. Anthony in a habit
St. Anthony in a habit

A religious habit refers to the distinctive garment(s) worn by members of religious orders, e.g., for Catholic orders, it is normally comprised of a tunic, often covered by a scapular and cowl. For men the hood is part of the habit, for women the veil. Modern variations may not include all of the forementioned; and the remaining parts may be considerably simplified to make them better suited for modern living. After the postulancy with a particular religious community, the newcomer, having declared the intention of wishing to undergo a formal novitiate and been accepted by the community, strips off the secular clothes worn hitherto and gets dressed by the superior in the habit of the community – a special ceremony called "the clothing" or "investiture". Image File history File links Download high resolution version (487x857, 105 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Anthony of Padua ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (487x857, 105 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Anthony of Padua ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Monasticism. ... Tupa Inca tunic The tunic was the common masculine garment of Roman civilization. ... The Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel promises salvation to its wearer. ... A Roman Catholic monk wearing a cowl The cowl (from the Latin, cuculla) is a long, outer garment, with wide sleeves, worn by Catholic monks when participating in the liturgy. ... The muslim niqab is an example of a type of veil. ...


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