LITURGICAL VESTURE IN TROPICAL CLIMATES AND HOT WEATHER
UNITED ROMAN-RUTHENIAN CHURCH

 The use of proper vesture during the divine liturgy and solemn divine offices, regardless of weather, remains a requirement for clergy, as it has always been. The omission of vesture, wearing merely the cassock or a clerical shirt when specific vesture is required, and the like is a significant error and not permitted. In warm climates and hot weather, it is best to use lightweight fabrics suitable to the weather, as our ancestors did. 

This decretal outlines modifications that may be made to be in accordance with sacred tradition. 

With episcopal permission, and when the weather is sufficiently hot to warrant these modifications, the following is permissible. 

1.    The cassock may be omitted from underneath the alb. In such cases, the alb must be non-transparent, e.g., with minimal or no lace. 
2.    In the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Rite and Anglican-Byzantine Rite, bishops may omit the pianeta, placing the omophore directly over the stole.
3.    In the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Rite and Anglican-Byzantine Rite, at liturgy of less than second-class rank, clergy may omit the biretta, skufia, or kamilavka after approaching the altar, taking it again at the prayers following Holy Communion; and bishops may omit the mitre during the same timeframe. 
4.     In the Anglo-Roman and Gallo-Roman Rites, at liturgy of less than second-class rank, clergy may omit the biretta altogether; and bishops may omit the mitre after approaching the altar, taking it again at the prayers following Holy Communion at the time provided in the rubrics. 
5.    At Matins, Lauds, and Vespers, other than in their solemn form, house dress may be worn; with the officiant wearing a stole directly over the cassock. 
6.     At blessings and other acts for which choir dress is typically specified, house dress may be worn; with the stole directly over the cassock. 
7.    The tropical cassock may be worn.

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