A special saintly chasuble

I picked this up from the blog Gem of the Ocean.

Did you know that the Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux, made a chasuble?  I didn’t.

The abovementioned blog says:

The chasuble garment itself was made from an old dress of Madame Martins. It appears to be a heavy brocade type fabric. It is dark green in color. St. Therese painted the Holy Face and the vines and roses. The book, Therese and Lisieux, didn’t say who sewed the garment. You can see an enlarged version of the photo here.

You can read more there!

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  1. Finarfin says:

    That is so cool! I heard that St. Therese painted, but I didn’t realize how good she was at it. Thanks for sharing, Father!

  2. sacerdosinaeternum says:

    I saw it in Lisieux…beautiful!

  3. Random Friar says:

    The needlework is exquisite!

    If it’s looking for a home, I know a certain Dominican church…

  4. acardnal says:

    I wonder what its face value is? ;-0

  5. JillOfTheAmazingWolverineTribe says:

    If memory serves, most of the Martin girls were quite adept in the arts [not sure about Leonie.] I remember one of Therese’s big disappointments was in NOT being given art lessons. If memory serves, M. Martin suggested that both Celine and Therese be given the painting lessons, and Marie casually said something like Therese would be too young to appreciate them or something along those lines. M. Martin had let the older girls raise the younger in such matters so he dropped the subject in the case of Therese — T. was *almost* going to object, but checked herself and ‘offered it up.’

    Imagine what she would have done WITH painting lessons!

    The picture comes from a book called “Therese and Lisieux” by Pierre Descouvemont and Helmuth Nils Loose. I have this book and highly recommend it – it’s on the pricey side, but packed with many photos and vignettes and details of her life I had not seen elsewhere.

  6. If it came from an old garment of her mother’s, then I guess that makes it a second-class relic twice over.

  7. JKnott says:

    Therese’s sister Celine did a beautiful painting of the Holy Face taken after the Shroud.
    It can be seen on this short YouTube

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  9. Mariana says:

    Great! I hadn’t seen this before.

    There is a painting of Les Buisonnets by Celine in the kitchen there.

  10. Joe in Canada says:

    Her full name in religion is often not used: (Sister Theresa) of the Child Jesus and the Holy Name.

  11. Laura98 says:

    That’s beautiful!! I didn’t know about this either. Thanks so much for sharing this Fr. Z! My daughter is learning about St. Therese right now, and I’ll be sure to add this, if it isn’t mentioned in one of the books she’s reading.

  12. Ellen says:

    Zelie Martin was an accomplished lace maker. It seems as though her daughter inherited her artistic skills.

  13. Joe in Canada says:

    I meant, of course, Sister Theresa of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. That would have made my original post ad rem.

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