You might recall that, at the end of October, while I was in Rome I shopped for fabric and trim and ordered up a set of Pontifical vestments from the famous ecclesiastical shop Gammarelli. Here are a couple of shots from back then.
The fabric cut out and ready to go on 28 October.
Today, just over one month, the vestments arrived. Not bad for a full Pontifical set! Gammarelli stock went up for me because of this project. It used to take them forever to get anything done and shipping was… well… iffy. I had the notice from them on Monday, I tracked them with DHL, and they are here.
And do they pack properly! Beneath the outer paper the box was carefully wrapped in plastic. This would prevent water damage.
Some detail of the cope.
The is the “San Filipo Neri” style of chasuble. It’s fuller, longer, and a bit curved in respect to the modern Roman pianetta.
You can see that the ribbons are black. Striking against the blue. Note the way the maniple is to be tightened on the arm.
To give you a sense of the difference in the silk depending on the light and the light source. It can appear different shades of gold and it has a raised pattern which catches light well.
I won’t hesitate to do a project like this again. Shopping for the fabric saved a lot of money and gave us more variety. The trick is knowing how much to buy of the fabric and paying attention to the pattern, if there is one. The pattern in this silk was fairly narrow, which gave the tailors a lot of flexibility when trying to fit everything in. Kudos to them.
Another thing… I had 5 deacon stoles made instead of just the one. That way the bishop has the option of using the set for an ordination to the diaconate.
These vestments will have their inauguration on Monday 8 December for Our Lady’s feast, which is also a Holy Day of Obligation in these USA.
If you are near Madison, or even if you are not, Pontifical Mass at the Throne begins at 7 pm at the chapel of the Bishop O’Connor Center. Madison’s Bp. Morlino will be the celebrant.
The Mass is sponsored by the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison which also purchased the vestments. Please visit the TMSM page and send a huge tax deductible donation! The TMSM is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Those who wish to support the special projects of the TMSM may do so by using the donation button on the website or by mailing a contribution to the Society at 529 Echo Valley Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521.