Our friend John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus, whom I hope to see in a few days in Rome, has a truly interesting report of the goings on in the Vatican Basilica:
Revolution Guido: il divertimento a Roma…
For the Mons. Guido Marini crowd there’s more great news. They’re bringing all the old treasures out of storage!
Today while in the Vatican Basilica I saw something I didn’t think I’d ever see and something that hasen’t been seen here likely in about forty (or more) years in St. Peter’s Basilica!
They brought back the old giant carpet covers for the choir benches at the altar of the chair. It’s difficult to explain what exactly these are, and it will be impossible to get close to get a photo. But today they were putting them out.
They’re likely from the era of Pius IX, but difficult to date. They’re full of colors and designs, they cover the benches and resemble nineteenth century carpets made for sanctuaries you sometimes still see in and around Rome.
They add a lot of color and look great.