Rome – Days 4 & 5: Jesuits and snakes – GOFUNDME for Pontifical Vestments

The other day I mentioned that I was upset enough by what I had heard about the Synod shenanigans that I walked for a few hours. One of the places I wound up was di Spagna and the great column in honor of the Blessed Virgin and the definition the Immaculate Conception.  The moon was nice and bright so I took advantage.

Where else can you find an ATM and an ancient statue.

Inside the grand church of the once grand Society of Jesus.  The Jesuits are nuts now, for the most part, but this church is mostly still splendid.  The Gesù.

The arm of St. Francis Xavier, who baptized so many.


A little side chapel with the painting of the Sacred Heart which has been copied and copied and copied.  Sorry… it’s a little dark.   But I said some prayers in there for a lot of people I know.


The tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola.  I wonder what he would say about the doings of his conferes today.  I think he’d be horrified by them.   But who am I to judge?   Am I a Jesuit?  No sirree.  I am not.

To the right of the altar … by the way these dopey modernists removed the Communion rail while leaving the decorative metalwork… is a marble group depiction of Truth beating the stuffing out of Heresy.

The little angel is tearing up a bad book.   The ugly heretical bad guys shrink from the Cross and the light that Truth holds.

Under the lower heretic, there is a book with a visible spine that says MARTIN LUTHER.  There used to be bronze letters which were quite legible, but the Jesuits, who now probably idolize Luther, took them out.  For shame.  You have to know they are there to make out the letters now.  Calvin is in another spot.

No, this is not a rendering of a one of the Cardinals from the Synod whom I shan’t name.  But it is a good image to remember when thinking of heresy.

After Mass yesterday, on my way out of church, I stopped to admire the concelebration that was going on at individual side altars.   There was a priest at one altar on the Gospel side of the nave….

Two more at altars on the Epistle side.

This is what concelebration should look like.  The other kind should be safe, legal and rare.

BTW… a cool thing in the sacristy.

Since people have been good to me for this trip with donations, I got myself an early (by a couple days) birthday present.  I intend to leave it in the sacristy at the church where I am on weekends.   The selection of green sets, used for so many Sundays, is less than interesting.  This might provide some variety.   Thank you, readers, for helping to give Holy Mass some fitting ornamentation.

I am staying near Campo de’ Fiori.  Here is a Latin inscription which some of you can work on.  Warning: it’s poetry.  Give it a shot.


Alas, there is less in the Roman style in the windows these days, and more of the dreadful stuff.  I especially abominate the rainbow stripes on the Year of Mercy thing in the middle.


On to Gammarelli, where I am having a new Pontifical Mass set in purple made for the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison.

I have set up a GOFUNDME drive to raise money for this project.  You can make TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations through this.  The TMSM is a 501(c)(3) organization.   >>HERE<<

Calculating expense of fabric and trim for the altar frontal or antependium.

The set will have:

  • Chasuble in the “Philip Neri” Roman style with stole, maniple, burse, veil
  • Four dalmatics with 1 stole and 2 maniples.  They might squeeze a couple stoles extra from the fabric
  • Humeral veil
  • Cope and stole
  • Antependium
  • Gremial
  • Fabric for tabernacle veil should be sent.

They have to order more of the purple, because this kind of set requires quite a bit.  I hope they may have it finished and sent by Advent.  I’d like to have Solemn and, hopefully, Pontifical Masses during the Year of Mercy.

In any event, since I have a short let apartment for this stay, I am cooking in rather than eating out all the time.  I am a stone’s throw from Campo de’ Fiori and the daily open market.  There is a great bakery on the corner and, nearby, a super cheese shop and butcher.   Today’s lunch was simplicity itself.  Un’insalata caprese.

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  1. sekman says:

    Greetings Father,

    Where did the fantastic Green chasuble come from?


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  3. sekman: Where did the fantastic Green chasuble come from?

    I bought it at Gammarelli, the famous clerical clothing and vestment place. It was remarkably reasonable, too. And the exchange rate is good right now.

    They have that pattern in all the liturgical colors.

  4. rodin says:

    Is that bakery the one that Romans (and everyone else) crowd into to get pizza rosa or pizza bianca made of that wonderful, crusty bread hacked off as it emerges from the oven? Good memories of it.

    Addendum: Since you announced your pending trip to Rome I have been praying you would not catch one of your terrible colds. So far, so good.

    [AMEN! And thanks for the prayers.]

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  6. Matthew says:

    “The Jesuits are nuts now, for the most part…”

    Truer words were never written.

  7. sekman says:

    @ Fr. Z

    – Ah I suspected it was likely from Gamarelli. The exchange rate is indeed favorable right now. How I wish the likes of Gamarelli would expand their online offerings for those of us here in the US. I imagine it certainly is much easier for them to operate on primarily based on walk-in business.

  8. jameeka says:

    Gosh, Fr Z, your photos are so good.

    Thank you for posting all these. Anyone who could translate that poetical inscription? I think I get the gist but it is amusing to see it inscribed in stone.

  9. Elizabeth D says:

    Have you considered a Roman or St Philip Neri style chasuble with the Year of Mercy logo? I am sure that it would be a hit at Knights of Divine Mercy gatherings. They love mercy so I am sure they would find the logo meaningful.

  10. Elizabeth: Quod Deus avertat!

    Hideous logo.

    Absolutely not.

  11. Thanks for the close-ups of that battle-against-heresy sculpture. Good one, speaks the unvarnished truth. And for that picture of the Sacred Heart – the expression in copies often gives Jesus a despicable effeminate weak look – the original is much better!
    And I’m happy for you that you get to enjoy a bit of cooking there.

    Gorgeous vestment picks!

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