Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Answering a reader's question:

As mentioned by another reader, there exist two kinds of falde, a shorter and a longer one.

The shorter one is used only for the consistory. It's raised by two Papal Masters of Ceremonies:

The longer is used for liturgical ceremonies. Before the ceremonies it's raised by two apostolical protonotaries participantes. During the ceremonies, the side tails are raised by the two first auditori of the Sacred Rota, the back tails by two privy chaplains participantes, and the train is lifted by the Prince Assistant to the Throne.

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