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doctoral biretta[edit]

There are variations in the doctoral biretta. The 4th ridge is the essential difference. The piping/tuft is apparently optional, although I suppose anyone who went out of their way to get one would get the colored options too.[1] The only link a google search for "licentiate biretta" gives is a store, which only has it available with blue tuft/piping for all subjects.[2] Gimmetrow 04:38, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

The Peakless Corner[edit]

Does anybody know why the flat side goes on the left? There must be some reason. 23:48, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

I can't say with certainty that this is where it came from, but as birettas are used it is practical: One generally holds the birreta by one of the peaks or blades (grasp it between the index and middle fingers). Because most people are right handed, it is easiest to put a biretta on with a peak to the wear's right. Now if someone hands him his biretta it means that the person presenting it to him has to have a peak facing himself, and a peak facing the wearer. Since the biretta is usually give to the wearer by someone to his side (shoulder to shoulder) the only way the works out consistently is to have the middle peak to the right. So if I am handing you a biretta from the left, I hold it by the back peak, the middle peak is facing you--for you to take it by--, and the empty spot is to my left. You reach over with your right hand, take it by the middle peak and put it on your head--empty spot to your left. If I am handing it to you from the right, I hold it by the front peak, the middle peak is facing you--for you to take it by--, and the empty spot is to my right. Again you reach over with your right hand, take it by the middle peak, which is facing you, and put it on, and again the empty spot is to your left. Like I said, I don't know that this is the origin, but it does work out well in practice. (talk)

Tuftless birettas[edit]

Do deacons'/seminarians' birettas have the pom?

The reason for the flat side on the left, is because the Priest/seminarian elevates the biretta off the head with the right hand, during doxologies and the name of Our Lord.

In answer to the seccond question: Seminarians, Sub-Deacons, Deacons and Priests wear the same kind of biretta. So they will have Tufts, or not, depending on the type they wear.

(Reminder: Cardinals' birettas are tuftless as well.)

Userbox anyone?[edit]

Biretta.png This user knows a Biretta is different from a Beretta Beretta 87 Target.jpg

 :) - Gobeirne (talk) 07:35, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Kudos! -- Secisek (talk) 07:47, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

need one? you can buy a good one at this web site "the best ever" according to the FSSP —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:39, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

academic biretta outranked by prelatial one[edit]

OK, there is the reference to academic biretta. It is no longer to be used by a priest who has reached a prelatial rank (cardinal or bishop). (I don't know the source, but I do remember reading that.) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:30, 7 August 2013 (UTC)