Alba, from albus, white), a liturgical vestment of the Catholic Church.
The date of its definite adoption as a liturgical vestment is uncertain; at Rome - where until the 13th century it was known as the linea or camisia (cf.
But as late as the 9th and 10th centuries the alba is still an everyday as well as a liturgical garment, and we find bishops and synods forbidding priests to sing mass in the alba worn by them in ordinary life (see Braun, p. 62).
It consists of reading of Holy Scripture, psalmody, non-liturgical prayer and preaching.
There is nothing in the standards of the Presbyterian Church against liturgical worship.