Concerning beautiful liturgical vestments

The other day a friend and patron of this blog set a suggestion for a new set of vestments.

Nice, huh?  Take a closer look!

I am in the process of having fabrics, custom damasks, woven for upcoming sets of vestments.  It is an interesting process, though it is dragging out.  I am running out of time!

We will have a black/black woven.  We will have a gold/gold woven, to match as closely as we can the color of the gold silk set I had made some time ago.  There wasn’t enough fabric for, for example, an antependium.  I want to complete that set, even though the patterns of the weave won’t match.   I have the options also of gold/metallic gold, which would be amazing and, blue/gold… remember, I want to make a Pontifical set in blue, but if the blue and the gold are balanced in quantity, it can work both ways.

Anyway, here are some shots of the “dips” of the fibers for the gold.

Yes, that’s Chinese.

It is an interesting process.

This time I have in mind more of an English “gothic” style, with wider panels/bars for the distinguishing marks.  I’ll use the dusty gold not only for the pieces we are missing from the gold set, but also for these panels in the black set.

Anyway, this is what the TMSM are working on!  We can use all the tax deductible help that YOU can give us!  Please donate!  Use the link, just above.

Also, another goal that I have is for the Society to have its own crosier and variations on the miter, with matching albs for the sacred ministers, so that clerics could effectively come in off the street, or we could move the whole thing on the road, and then just do it.  I would like eventually to get matching albs and maybe surplices for the MCs.

To that end, at Liturgical Arts Journal – a new project of the original founder of NLM – I saw a post about some folks who are making vestments and altar cloths with high quality linen and good lace.   I like the idea of supporting initiatives like these.  HERE  Perhaps you good lay people might ask Father what he would like to have and then have them made.   When you contact them, tell them “Fr. Z sent me!”

Our revitalization of our liturgical worship will be aided by the rise of these new efforts to make good vestments and statues and glass, etc.  All these liturgical arts have to be revived.  There are great opportunities for those of you who have skills already or who would like to learn to, say, bind books, make stained glass, embroider images, carve wood, make chalices and other vessels.

Working together is also a great possibility.  For example, back in the day I tried to link up St. Joseph’s Apprentice, who makes the great portable altars, with SPORCH, who makes the great travel altar cards.  After that, I suggested someone who could make tailor linens for the altars.  It all works together.

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16 Responses to Concerning beautiful liturgical vestments

  1. Elizabeth D says:

    For me the funny thing about this idea is that several years ago I commented to a religious order priest (in his 40s approx, not an old priest) at a local parish staffed by that order who was wearing a stole with that type of children tapestry over his chasuble. He told me the bishop had once commented on the same thing about the same overstole and according to this priest he’d promised the bishop that he would stop wearing it when it wore out. Recently the very same parish, with different priests by now and making strides, had a Traditional Latin Mass with the same bishop in attendance! Frankly the roman chasuble with the children tapestry would be too funny. They could use it for their school Masses, which was why (apart from thumbing his nose at the bishop I guess) that priest years ago wanted to wear his children tapestry stole.

  2. Red_Shirt_Hero says:

    All that’s needed is a Children of World maniple. Or could I be greedy and ask for a matching tabernacle veil too?

  3. Red_Shirt_Hero says: Children of World maniple

    I think an entire set would be pretty interesting! I found that the fabric, a kind of upholstery, is 54″ wide and about $45/yard. It wouldn’t take all that much fabric to make a Roman set with all the pieces. You get into a lot more with cope, dalmatics, humeral veil for Solemn Mass… or with gremial… Pontifical Mass at, at least, the faldstool. An antependium would be good. However, you would not need a tabernacle veil, since the prevailing color seems to be black.

  4. Red_Shirt_Hero says:

    Black? I’d always assumed it stood in for any liturgical colour. So we’ll need a funeral pall too, and the tabernacle veil can be in a rainbow design with symbols of all the world’s major religions.

    “Red and yellow, black and white,
    All are precious in His sight.
    Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

  5. CasaSanBruno says:

    I don’t often concelebrate, but when I do, I usually end up seeing a priests wearing a stole with that same “It’s a small world after all” motif. My virtue is tested, and I usually fail.

  6. rbbadger says:

    Dear Reverend Father,

    Take a look at this! https://twitter.com/rbbadger2/status/1017218109877321728

  7. rbbadger says: Take a look at this!

    Wow.

  8. APX says:

    So… what liturgical colour is that?

  9. jaykay says:

    APX: “So… what liturgical colour is that?”

    It’s “Red and yellow, black and white,
    All are precious in His sight.” So it’s a sorta, kinda, multi-use set, really. A liturgical onesie ;-/

    Well, maybe not, there’s no violet. But then, who needs all that penitential vibe anyway? ‘Cos we’re an Easter people and… etc. etc.

  10. Egad_Trad_Dad says:

    I question the self-awareness of any cleric wearing that pattern while l’affair McCarrick dominates the news cycle.

  11. Kathleen10 says:

    I love children, all of them, from everywhere, and I typically love sweet little figures like these.
    I don’t like it. Not for Holy Mass. It’s too humanistic, too people centered.
    How did it happen, that I came to be such a party pooper. I never saw it coming.

  12. Gaetano says:

    Father, it’s August 1st, not April 1st.

    Please, every ultra-lib priest I know has a stole with that pattern. Plus the ubiquitous Latin American handwoven one.

  13. Moro says:

    Might I suggest a blessing for that vestment set. It the same as the blessing of incense at mass: “Ab illo benedicaris in cujus honore cremaberis.”

  14. Nan says:

    Does that translate to “burn, baby, burn?”

  15. Absit invidia says:

    Has kind of a charismatic “de colores” theme on it.

    Vestments like this on Fr Z’s blog on August 1 makes me think our good host read April 1 on the calendar?

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