A cope - dark blue with orphreys depicting scenes of the American Revolution - is worn by Charles Cardinal "Buzzy" Sparber when attending Vatican III (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 87).


The cope is a liturgical vestment, more precisely a long mantle or cloak, open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp. It may be of any liturgical color. A cope may be worn by any rank of the clergy, and also by lay ministers in certain circumstances. If worn by a bishop, it is generally accompanied by a mitre[1].

Orphrey is a form of often highly detailed embroidery, often worn worn on clerical vestments, a tradition that began in the 12th Century Roman Catholic Church[2].


  1. Wikipedia: Cope
  2. Wikipedia: Orphrey

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