Today's focus: the amice.
Dear Presbyters and Bishops, have you considered wearing the amice?
In this day and age when the Holy See is training many additional exorcists, and priests are acknowledging a rise in requests for minor and major exorcisms, perhaps it might be a good idea to don the amice and pray for protection in your sacred ministry, a vocation that puts you on the front lines between the forces of good and evil. Every soldier needs a helmet! Every spiritual warrior needs a spiritual helmet.
Lord, we beseech Thee, protect Thy priests!
A short linen cloth, square or oblong in shape and, like the other sacerdotal vestments, needing to be blessed before use.
The purpose of this vestment, which is the first to be put on by the priest in vesting for the Mass, is to cover the shoulders, and originally also the head, of the wearer.
The priest kisses the amice, then passes it over his head before putting it across his shoulders and tying it around the waist:
Impone, Domine, capiti meo galeam salutis, ad expugnandos diabolicos incursus.Place upon me, O Lord, the helmet of salvation, that I may overcome the assaults of the devil.