Liturgical Gloves and the Construction of Public Religious Identity
Within the Catholic Church from around the tenth century onwards, liturgical gloves could be worn on specific occasions by those of the rank of bishop and above. Using a pair of seventeenth-century gloves in the Whitworth as a basis for further exploration, this article explores the meanings ascribed to liturgical gloves and the techniques used to make them. It argues that, within the ceremony of the mass, gloves had a specific role to play in allowing bishops to function performatively in the role of Christ.
Acts 1–2 (Ascension and Pentecost); Matthew
28.16–20 (the Great Commission); and Mark 16.14–20 (Dispersion
of the Apostles). In the Middle Ages, the Dispersion was celebrated on 15
July: WilliamDurandus, Rationale divinorum officium 7.15.1.
The belief that each apostle contributed a