One commenter also said:'Apron' is probably a reference to the kind of purple bib worn by some Anglican bishops. It is attached to the collar, and may look like a shirt front, but it actually only covers the front of the torso, and can be easily removed.I'm fairly sure that's not what 'apron' means. I came across the reference to the apron in a 19th Century novel and the item of clothing described is a rabat, also known as a 'stock'. Note that a rabat can also refer to a tiny piece of cloth which a cleric wears between his collar and a white shirt when wearing a cassock. (They have a special name for that piece of cloth in Rome, but it escapes me for the moment...)
Thursday, January 26, 2006
In reference to my query here, a commenter pointed me to this page, from which I took the above picture. Does the above show an Anglican Bishop in his apron?