Every once in a while the nice folks at Angelus Press send me something to review. For example, we have looked at their daily hand missal (which I see is on sale right now) and a spiffy little inexpensive intro booklet for people who want to know more about the pre-Conciliar form of Mass.
This time I get to preview something for you.
They sent me a pdf of something they haven’t printed yet. I hope they get to it soon, because it is very useful and well done.
"But Father! But Father! Are you ever going to tell us what it is? C’mon! Spit it out!
You know, life at the Sabine Farm has its positives and its negatives.
One of the positives is the chapel. One of the negatives is the chapel.
That is, one of the negatives is that I am pretty much the only one who cleans it and keep everything in order.
That means doing all the linens.
I really hate ironing. No… really… I do.
As a matter of fact I detest ironing.
Therefore, I am highly in favor of anything that will help other people learn how properly to iron purificators, corporals, amices… all that stuff.
Here is where I rapidly become a fan of the Angelus Press and their forthcoming (sound the trumpet):
They just might have expanded my pool of potential ironers!
Seriously, this is going to be a very useful booklet in parishes far and wide, old Mass, new Mass, in union with Rome or not. Very useful.
All the various common linens are presented with descriptions of what they are for and what they might mean, for example in the case of the symbolic meaning of the amice, a vestment the priest uses during Mass.
There are clear directions and also step by step drawings for how to fold the linens, which is very important, especially in the case of a corporal, which has the function of capturing particles of the Host which might have been missed.
Here is what we find on the contents page:
i Quick Reference Chart
ii The Purificator
iii The Corporal
iv The Pall
v The Lavabo Towel
vi The Amice
vii A Few Guidelines and Tips
viii Altar Linens
ix Notes page
This little book provides a bit of direction for those ladies who are so generous
helping Holy Mother Church (and her sacristans) with laundering,
ironing, and mending.
What sort of thing might you find in "A Few Guidelines and Tips"? Let’s see what they say about the hated ironing.
? There is a linen setting on most irons. If you have tough creases to remove, you
might try squirting a little water onto the crease or try the iron’s steam setting.
? The corporals call for heavy starch, but be careful with the spray-on starch.
If you saturate the cloth, the starch will flake when it dries (during Mass, the
celebrant scrapes the corporal with the paten; if the starch is flaky, it will mix in
with the Particles of the Sacred Host). To prevent this flaking, apply the starch
in thin layers and iron it in before the next layer is sprayed on.
? Keep all edges nice and square and crisp. Any strings such as those on the
amice should be pressed out flat. Lace also needs to be ironed out flat.
? If you find that your linens look “rumpled” or “wumpled” or kind of wrinkly no
matter how much you iron, you might try using a thinner ironing pad.
I will also give you a tip. When washing Father’s amices, do not – I repeat – DO NOT just thrown them into the machine and start the cycle. You must first tie up the long ties attached to the corners or YOU – WILL – BE – SORRY. Another solution might be small mesh bags to wash them in. Whatever your solution might be… be careful with the treacherous amice.
I have sent them a couple suggestions before they go to press. For example, it might be helpful to talk about the wonderful custom of the priest first washing linens that come into contact with the Sacred Species and then pouring the water down the sacrarium before they go to be laundered.
There is a very good glossary toward the back. Here are a few examples:
antemensium a “Greek corporal” which is used as a “portable altar stone”
gremial the cloth a bishop uses over his lap during confirmations
predella the top platform of the altar steps
At the end there is a good fervorino:
Be sure that any work you do for the chapel will redound to your
merit. We are meant to love the altar and everything that pertains to
it, and remember that even the smallest work or smallest detail does
not go unnoticed nor unrewarded by our beloved Master.
I think the word "chapel" in this reflects the SSPX origin. A better way would be "chapel or church".
This should be available in July!
I can hardly wait!
I plan on giving out copies.