From the Latin word cottus, or superpelliceum (=over the fur) the surplice is worn over the cassock or over the habit of the religious. It is white in color, wide sleeves and it has square neck. The length is up to the knees, shorter than the Alb. It can be embroidered in the hem or in the sleeves.
This surplice is used during liturgical celebrations by the master of ceremonies, the clerics, the altar boys or servers.