Sewing straight with crooked lines

You have probably heard stories about how people hid their sacred objects in time of war.  Bells were buried, books and vessels walled up behind pictures, etc.  Or how revolutionaries covered images over which served to preserve them.

Unbelievable find!  In Bremerton, WA the EF Mass has returned to Our Lady Star of the Sea after 40 years.  Monsignor had the foresight before he died to have the old unused vestments properly stored.

Recently we uncovered this fiddle-back chausuble (part of a perfect Solemn High Mass set) which remained in use after the ‘changes’, post Vatican II, by being sewn to a TABLECLOTH!  They actually did an exceptionally good job.  Soon it will be tailored back to proper condition.

I received this by e-mail.

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  1. Bthompson says:

    Ah the indomitable and Reverend Derek Lappe, master of liturgical goodies.

  2. B Knotts says:

    Fr. Lappe, glad to see you’ve been able to proceed with reform of the reform! You are missed down here!

  3. MargaretMN says:

    I sure hope nobody is storing those awful sixties burlap banners with pasted on letters for “the spirit of VII strikes back.”

  4. Father: I was pleased with the comment “how people hid their sacred objects in time of war” as I believe that many people (most) understand by now that we are at war. The enemy (Satan and his minions) has made serious inroads into the Church and into society, but the Pope and his newly appointed bishops are forming the lines of defense and marshalling the troops (the faithful).

  5. Stu says:

    Happy to see that for Our Lady Star of the Sea (my parish when I was stationed in Bremerton).

  6. joebebopper says:

    I hope there are no gravy stains on it…or tomatoe sauce. Sad to think of where was relegated to, but glad to see it is now rescued.

  7. jasoncpetty says:

    Vestment sewn into tablecloth . . . Lord’s Supper . . . Mass-as-a-community-meal theology . . . I swear there’s a pun in here somewhere.

  8. Lori says:

    Fr. Lappe! What a wonderful, holy priest. Our family prays for him.

  9. The English recusants and Marytrs did the same. All over the place. Bless him for bringing this back to its original use. A tablecloth?!?! Oy!

  10. ssoldie says:

    Ah! yes the English Marytrs, every one should read on them, they only wanted to pray and hear the wonderful immorial traditional Mass, oops, I should have said E.F.

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