Quite often the UPS or FEDEX truck zips up the drive to leave wonderful treasures!
Today, however, I had to go to the post office to collect a surprise.
Having returned to the Sabine Farm, I examined my mystery missive:
hmmm… from Singapore…
With a card….
"Fr. Z, Pax et bonum. I hope this letter finds you. Please find in the parcel a Low Mass Set specially for you, as a gift from CharbelVestments…."
Here they are!
The vestments are silk and hand embroidered.
And… a view of the hand embroidery.
From the letter:
"My two friends, a very experienced vestment-maker and a skillful embroiderer, were appalled when I told them the prices of embroidered sets offered on certain websites. We prayed about it and decided to make our own embroidered sets…. at affordable prices."
And you can click this one below to see a larger image.
I very much like these vestments.
They are beautiful, with good materials, and well made.
They are certainly dignified. They would cost far less than other embroidered vestments I have seen. Far less.
These could be good for TLM communities getting their start as well as for parishes who want to present the Novus Ordo in continuity with our Roman Tradition.
Here is their website: charbelvestments.com Please click over and look at the photos.
In the letter the writer, said that they are going to expand into solemn sets and perhaps also the taglio filipino, the style that Pope Benedict has used a few times (my favorite). I very much hope they will also make solemn sets.
It strikes me that these folks have very good will, good skills, the right vision, a worthy project and, what is more, they seem truly to love the Church and her liturgy.
"Our dream is to have sacristies all over the world replenished with new embroidered pieces."
The only thing I think I regret about these vestments so far, is that I cannot change the color and use them every day.