A semicircular cloak worn at certain liturgical functions in the W. Church when the chasuble is not used. In the Middle Ages it was widely used as a ceremonial choir habit by communities on feasts. In the C of E the 1604 Canons ordered the use of a cope by the celebrant at the Holy Communion in cathedrals and collegiate churches. It was widely revived in the 19th century.
Subjects: Christianity — Art.