A priest wrote to asking for a good source of good… well… here’s his mail.
I am in the market for a nice alb and surplice that has plenty of manly lace (such we have seen adorning the Papal Master of Ceremonies as of late). Do you know of any good, quality, and economic business that would sell such items? Places with websites (especially if they are not [?] stateside) would be helpful.
I think Father must have meant especially if they are in the United States…. since he was writing from the USA.
Let’s put our heads together to help this priest. Other’s will benefit as well.
On a personal note: I am grateful to a long time reader of this blog and my columns, H, and his wife, A, for providing me with a very nice linen alb. I had brought back from Rome an old surplice with some nice lace, but the surpice was unusable. A took the lace off and then applied it to the alb. You can see me wear this alb with some frequency at the chapel of the Sabine Farm, and it is visible on the Z-Cam when I go live.
So, that is another way to go. If you have old albs or surplices, you might consider salvaging the lace.
Finally, if you are thinking about getting an alb or surplice for a priest, you might want to consult him first.