The special vestments worn in celebratingthe Holy Eucharist to mark the dignity of the service and assymbolical of the Passion of our Lord which is therein commemorated.They are as follows: the Amice, Alb, Girdle, Stole, Maniple andChasuble worn by the celebrant, and the Dalmatic and Tunicle,worn by the Deacon and sub-Deacon; each of which is described underthe heading, VESTMENTS (which see). From ancient sources we learnthat it was the universal custom of the Church to wear distinctivevestments at the celebration of the Holy Communion to mark it asthe only service ordained by Christ Himself, and also as the highestact of Christian Worship. This is evidenced by the fact that theseven historical churches which have possessed a continuous lifesince the Nicene era, viz.: the Latin, Greek, Syrian, Coptic,Armenian, Nestorian and the Georgian—all use the EucharisticVestments. When we consider that these historic churches have notbeen in communion with one another for over a thousand years, wecannot but conclude that any point on which they are agreed mustgo back to the middle of the Fifth Century and must be part of theirunited traditions from a still earlier date. From the fact thatthese historic churches, having no communion with one another, doagree in the use of distinctive vestments for the Holy Eucharist,we learn that their use is not, as is sometimes supposed, animitation of Rome but is a Catholic and Primitive custom. TheEucharistic Vestments are now used in more than two thousandchurches in England and America, thus showing how they recognizeand are reasserting their Catholic heritage.