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Sets of Dalmatic with Tunicle

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Vestment sets of dalmatics with tunicles are necessities for clergymen and will be found across almost any church in the world. Every church benefits greatly from the work of the deacons and subdeacons designated to it, so every church will stock their liturgical uniforms! They are as key as the ministers themselves and so will be stocked accordingly - today we will find out a little more about the roles of the dalmatics and tunicles under the roof of the church.

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The Tunicle

Similar to the dalmatic, the tunicle is also a distant descendent of the tunic. In fact, the two vestments are more alike than not. A tunicle and dalmatic can often be confused as they are so similar in appearance, but there are some subtle differences between the two. Some sources state that a tunicle should have narrow arms, but primarily the main way to tell is with the orphrey bands - or the bands of decoration that span the garment. Whilst the four decorative bands on a dalmatic tend to create an overdrawn square pattern, the horizontal orphrey band on a tunicle is singular, and the overall shape is more akin to the letter “H”.

Whilst a dalmatic is usually only reserved for the deacon, the tunicle is primarily worn by the subdeacon, and is worn over the alb. A subdeacon is a rank of order lower than the deacon, and they have a very specific and important role within the church - the tunicle is the appropriate dress for these roles.

Tunicles date back to the sixth century in Rome and have fallen into and out of use several times across the years since. Today however, they are very much in use again, and are essential vestments for the modern day church.

The Dalmatic

Descending from the simple tunic and cousin to the scapular is where you'll find a dalmatic on the vestment family tree. Dalmatics are wide sleeved T-shaped garments that are long and flowy, coming down to the knees of a deacon. Dating back to the third century, dalmatics can be characterised by the long slits that run on either side of the body, alongside several decorative orphrey bars that extend across the garment - two running vertically down the body from the top to the bottom, connected by another two running horizontally between them, forming a square-like pattern.

The dalmatic is worn as an outer garment and is the proper attire for deacons to wear at Mass and other eucharistic services. As it is outerwear, it is usually very colourful and highly decorated. Normally the colour scheme of a dalmatic will match the colours of the liturgical calendar—such as purple for advent and Easter, and blue for Marian feast days.

Dalmatics are often made from beautiful materials and feature heavily embroidered or embellished religious designs. Liturgical motifs are often aplenty, and many times the ornery bars are golden, spanning the garb with fine artwork or intricate patterns. 

Sets Of Dalmatic With Tunicle

A tunicle is to a dalmatic, what the dalmatic is to the chasuble. Often seen worn together by the deacons and subdeacons alike, every church should ensure they have sets of dalmatics with tunicles within their wardrobes. The work of the deacons and subdeacons are key in the church, and as such they are frequently seen together, helping out around the building or in the services - therefore matching sets of the two are key in keeping in line with liturgical practices and showing professionalism from the church.

These blessed vestments, whilst lower ranking than the grander chasubles and copes, are no less important to the service of the church than the ministers who wear them.

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