PONTIFICAL ORDER OF ST. STEPHEN
THE PATRIARCHAL CHAPTER OF THE PONTIFICAL COURT

The Patriarchal Chapter, known as the Pontifical Order of St. Stephen, is the seniormost part of the Pontifical Court. Its role is to advise and support the ministry of His Holiness the Papa-Catholicos in the governance of the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicate, the Anglican Patriarchate of Rome, and the entire Imperial Roman Church. The members of the Chapter are Capitular Bishops of St. Stephen, Deans ad Honorem, Prelates di Fiochetto, and Canons, who are prelates that may be in minor orders, deacons, or priests. The Chapter is headed by a Dean, who is the senior-most prelate within the Pontifical Court. Additionally, the chief assistant to H.H.E. the Archfather and administrative leader of the Patriarchal Curia, the First Archdeacon, and the Chancellor are both members of the Chapter.


Canon Priest in Vestments for a
Solemn Papal Mass.
Cardinal Priests vest the same,
with a scarlet cassock.
(Canons use the mass vestment
proper to their Rite.)

Chapter Members

Members of the Sacred College of Cardinals
The Dean (Governor-General of the Patriarchate)
Electoral Bishops
Titular Archbishops and Bishop of the See of St. Stephen
The First Archdeacon
The Chancellor of the Court of St. Mary of Walsingham
Deans ad Honorem
Canon Priests
Canon Deacons
Canon Sub-Deacons
Canon Clerics


Capitular Vesture at Solemn Patriarchal Masses

Members of the Chapter who are not acting as Sacred Ministers or in another role with specific vesture vest according to their Choir cassock with rochet and without stole or maniple
and futher as follows:

Dean, Electoral Bishops, Cardinals,
and Titular Archbishops & Bishops
Cope
Mitre (Golden or simplex according to occasion)
(Cardinals and Bishops of the
Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Rite use the mitre of that style.)

First Archdeacon & Deans ad Honorem
Cope
Simplex Mitre (If the First Archdeacon is a bishop, then the mitre may be golden according to occasion)

A royal blue zucchetto and biretta are worn by Canons, the First Archdeacon, and Deans ad Honorem (by the Decretal "In Honour and Recognition" of 17 March 2021).


The First Archdeacon, a Dean ad Honorem, or a
Titular Bishop of the Chapter in vestments
for a Solemn Papal Mass.
Cardinal Bishops vest the same,
but with a scarlet cassock.
(Canons and Bishops use the mass vestment
proper to their Rite.)

Canon Priests
Chasuble
Simplex Mitre

Canon Deacons
Dalmatic
Simplex Mitre

Canon Sub-Deacons
Tunicle
Simplex Mitre

Canon Clerics
Purple cappa magna with train worn up or carried in the left arm
Biretta and zucchetto in royal blue.

(In the above, Canons of the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Rite or another Rite with distinct mitre
use the mitre of that style.)

Priests of the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Rite elevated to the prelatial dignity in the Patriarchal Chapter and thereby are entitled to the mitre wear a mitre in gold or white with icons, and without jewels or top cross. Similarly, they may also use the kamilavka or skufia in the appropriate colour, as well as the biretta, in accordance with the rules and customs of that rite.  


Canon Deacon in Vestments for a
Solemn Papal Mass.
Cardinal Deacons vest the same,
but with a scarlet cassock.
(Canons use the mass vestment
proper to their Rite.)


Capitular Choral Vesture

All clerics of the Chapter are permitted choral cassocks with trains worn down at all times.
The trains of the cappa magna for all members of the Chapter are worn up
except for the Governor-General, Arch-Chancellor, and Cardinals.

Dean, Electoral Bishops, Cardinals
Solemn: Red cappa magna and biretta
Simple: Red mozzetta over red mantelletta, with red biretta
Pectoral cross on a red and gold cord.

Titular Archbishops & Bishops
Solemn: Purple cappa magna and biretta
Simple: Purple mantelletta and biretta
Pectoral cross on a green and gold cord.

First Archdeacon & Deans ad Honorem
Solemn: Purple cappa magna and biretta
Simple: Purple mantelletta and biretta
Pectoral cross on a purple and gold cord.

Canons
Solemn: Purple cappa magna and biretta
Simple: Purple mantelletta and biretta
Pectoral cross on a blue and gold cord.


Mass Vesture

Dean, Electoral Bishops, Crown Cardinals,
and Titular Archbishops & Bishops
Pontifical vestments as usual, with
either the red biretta (low mass)
or the mitre (golden or simplex according to occasion).
(Bishops of the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Rite use the vestments and mitre of that style.)

First Archdeacon, Deans ad Honorem,
and Canon Sub-Deacons and senior
Mass vestments as usual in their pontifical form,
without the dalmatic unless a bishop, and either the biretta
or the mitre (golden or simplex according to rank and to occasion).
(Canons of the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Rite use the mitre of that style.)

 

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