Archbishops wearing the pallium, 2011. Archbishops wearing the pallium, 2011.

The pallium, or pall, is a liturgical vestment worn by an archbishop and the Pope. It is a narrow strip of material worn around the shoulders with a strip hanging down at the front and at the back. It is usually made of white wool, and decorated with embroidered crosses.

The archbishop normally receives the pallium out of the hands of the Pope. In the past, the journey to Rome to receive the pallium from the Pope openly confirmed the archbishop's allegiance to the Pope.

It is also the name for the Imperial mantle, worn by British monarchs at their coronation.

In the Russian Orthodox Church, the pallium is known as the omophorion, and is worn by bishops and archbishops.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 6 November 2016).


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