Originally, a napkin; later, an ornamental band or scarf worn upon the left arm as a part of the vestments of a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, and sometimes worn in the English Church service.
Origin of maniple
Middle English from Old French from Latin manipulushandfulmanushandman-2 in Indo-European roots -pulusperhaps -fulpelə-1 in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From the Middle English maniple, manyple, manaple, from the Old French maniple, manipule (manipule in Modern French), from the Latinmanipulus (“handful", “troop of soldiers"), from manus (“hand") + the weakened root of pleō (“I fill").
Maniple Sentence Examples
Over this the priest, robing for mass, puts on the amice, alb, girdle (cingulum), stole, maniple and chasuble.
Of these again, according to the fully developed rules of the Catholic Church, there are three classes: (I) vestments worn only at the celebration of mass - chasuble, maniple, pontifical gloves, pontifical shoes, the pallium and the papal fanone and subcinctorium; (2) vestments never worn at mass, but at other liturgical functions, such as processions, administration of the sacraments, solemn choir services, i.e.
While, however, between the 9th and 13th centuries, the Western Church was adding largely to her store of vestments, that of the East increased her list by but three, the Evxfipcov and i rtyaviKCa (see Maniple) and the aaKKos (see Dalmatic).
In the Roman Catholic Church the amice, alb, girdle, stole, maniple, chasuble must be solemnly blessed by the bishop or his delegate, the prayers and other forms to be observed being set forth in the Pontificale (see Benediction).