Question re: President George HW Bush's funeral
I just watched the funeral at Washington Cathedral for the late President Bush --- one of the most beautiful and moving church services I have ever seen. This non-Anglican does have a question, however: I noticed that some of the clergy (e.g., the Cathedral Dean and Mr. Bush's rector from Houston) were dressed in cassock, surplice and white stole while several others were wearing tippets rather than stoles. I had thought that the tippet was customary for funerals, given that the funeral is a choir office. Am I wrong? What would occasion some of the clergy to wear a stole?