Mass with a special amice

This morning I had the privilege of saying Holy Mass wearing an amice of St. John Vianney.



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  1. lucy says:

    I’m nearly speechless. That’s too cool for words. Do you now feel an incredible desire to spend 18 hours a day in the confessional ?

  2. It must be one he wore at the end of his life — or probably he was more careful about taking care of his vestments than his normal clothes, and somebody else was stashing anything he tried to get rid of as “not good enough for Mass anymore”. Or maybe the bishop started giving him vestment bits to wear once, in the hope that fervor and pastorality would wear off on other priests…. :)

    Seriously, though, that is amazing. I pray some saintliness and blessing does rub off, as I’m sure you prayed too.

  3. mrose says:


  4. jarhead462 says:

    That is a tre-men-dous honor!
    I hope your trip goes well, Father.

    Semper Fi!

  5. MJ says:

    Wow. That is just too cool!

  6. Dan says:

    Wow…that looks like it’s in better condition than the ones at my parish, and they’re hardly as old!

  7. AnAmericanMother says:

    Oh, my goodness!
    What a privilege!
    One of our parochial vicars always remembers St. John Vianney at Mass. Always.

  8. New Sister says:

    Father, are you in Ars??? Deo gratias!

  9. Johnny Domer says:

    So father, since it was his amice, is that a second degree relic, or just a third degree? Or is it not a relic at all?

  10. moon1234 says:

    What an honor Fr. Z!

  11. Jack007 says:

    Actually, if anyone is interested, there is a story behind the amice. I acquired it from a Carmel in the south of France who was charged with making relics for all the French dioceses. It was supposed to be cut up into many, very tiny pieces and made into individual relics. They made quite a few different relics for the Cause of the Cure’s beatification. For some reason, this was put into storage and never utilized. It is in remarkable shape, save for a few small meticulously stiched repairs.

    It is among several Cure relics in my general collection; a set of bookmarks from one of his altar missals, a burse from one of his vestment sets, a ciborium he used from the Ars sacristy, and one of his personal relics (I understand he had several) of St. Philomena.

    I have allowed several appreciative priests to wear it, including our beloved Bishop Finn at his first TLM celebration. It was an honor to serve this Mass for Fr. Z. A humble priest of God and very devoted to the great St. John Vianney.

    Jack in KC

  12. irishgirl says:

    You got to wear an amice once worn by St. John Vianney?
    Wow- that is seriously cool, Father Z!
    What an honor!
    And how lucky YOU were, Jack in KC, to serve Father Z’s Mass! Double cool!

  13. Rob Cartusciello says:

    Now Father, don’t you know the dangers of putting us in the near-occassion of the mortal sin of envy.

  14. disco says:

    I’m having trouble thinking of anything that could be even close to as cool as that must have been for you, Father Z. Congratulations.

  15. Phillip says:

    Wait, Father Z, are you in KC?

  16. RichR says:

    Just too cool!

  17. Jack007 says:

    Alas, sadly the padre has already flown the coop…so to speak. LOL

    Yes. It was cool. Father sure knows his Mass AND his Latin. He was kind enough to ignore my mistakes. :-)

  18. JohnW says:

    I have not seen a priest in an amice in many years except when I attend TLM.

  19. MouseTemplar says:

    That is so very amazing! Did you lose track of how to breathe just for a moment? I am so glad such a thing exists and that you got to wear it….

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