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The biretta was a hat worn by priests before the Second Vatican Council. It is still used in the Tridentine Mass. The biretta is worn during the entrance and exit processions, and while the priest is sitting. At the beginning of Mass, the biretta is handed to a server after the genuflection at the foot of the altar (before the Asperges or the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar) and is placed on the priest's chair. At the end of Mass, a server brings the biretta back to the priest before the genuflection at the foot of the altar (after the Last Gospel and any Prayers after Low Mass).
Defn: Same as Berretta.