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ORPHREY

The embroidered or painted symbols or images on the front and back of the chasuble and around the opening of the cope. They were perhaps originally used to cover the seams, and though not essential, they became a prominent part of these liturgical vestments. (Etym. Latin aurum, gold + Phrygian.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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