UPDATE: Reversible travel vestments progress

Here is a VESTMENT PROJECT UPDATE.  There is news about two projects, as a matter of fact.

First, there is progress on the reversible, Shantung silk travel vestments.

I have received a couple donations for these vestments.  I’ll embroider the names of the donors on the eventual pouches to be made for each set.  You will be remembered in prayer that way.

A reversible travel vestment, in two colors, with all the parts from Gammarelli will be, according to the estimate I received, about €600 (c. $715).   Not bad at all.

The fabric is being cut.



The trim is being measured.


Here is something fun.  I got just a little extra fabric so that I could have miniature antependiums made for my travel altar to match the travel vestments. A Roman altar has a grand antependium of the color of the Mass.  For example, the other day in Rome we saw this:

So, I will have little reversible antependiums for my altar.  Here is the preparation.


That one will be black and, reversed, green, also with silver trim.

And if you don’t recall the altar, here it is set up when I first received it.

I know.  Better than a lot of parishes, right?  The ULTIMATE priest gift.  HERE

There is also progress on another project.

Quite some time ago, we of the TMSM had a set of red vestments made for Pontifical Masses.  This is how they have been employed.  For example, we had once a Mass for the intention of persecuted Christians on the Feast of the Most Precious Blood.  The other day, the bishop celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

We are having more red chasubles made to match the set so that we can use them for priestly ordinations next June 29!  The fabric is being cut.  In addition, we have also having several more white chasubles made with the diocesan coat-of-arms, again for ordinations in a couple years from now.  The dollar is strong these days.  Who knows where it will be if things keep going in the world the way they are?

Yes, I know… they need to take better photos.  It’s still good to see.


Ready to go to the workers.


So, that it a bit of an update.

Again, I have donations for two of the four sets (THANKS! M&JS and JS).  The combinations will be:

White (gold trim) & Red (silver)
Black (silver) & Green (silver)
Violet (silver) & Rose (silver)
White (gold) & Blue (silver)

I suppose the donors should be able to choose which one to support, no?

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  1. gracie says:

    The trimmings on the chasubles are very abstract. Are representational expressions considered obsolete? I realize fashions change but the geometric lines don’t do anything for me. They don’t even lay right on the red vestments – the material flows but the lines don’t flow with the material – the gold shaped trimming on the back of the red one in front looks like a tongue and that and the rectangular boxes lead one to contemplate – nothing. The trim on the black vestments looks very space-agey but at least it lays better – probably because it more follows the natural line of the body. Still, I think I’m on a space ship somewhere when I look at them – although a very cool spaceship. I guess the cross/greek lettering/nature images are out. Sigh.

    [Ummm…. I don’t get it. You know that the photos are of fabric with paper patterns, right? As far as the finished vestments are concerned, these are classic patterns for Roman vestments, which is, essentially the Cross.]

  2. Luciano says:

    But Father! But Father! You hate Vatican II! You shoud know that nowadays liturgical vestments must be i-reversible! (just kidding)

    [Well done!]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  3. gracie says:

    Sorry for the confusion. You are correct that the paper patterns are there for cutting the material and have nothing to do with the final design. When I look at a canvas with different images, which is what some of your posts are, I try to relate the different parts to each other. In this case, I was associating the design of the red and green (although I didn’t mention them) vestments with the design you ultimately will choose to place on the material. (There also was a picture of black vestments, I think at the top, – do those pictures change? because now there’s a picture of white and gold vestments – that looked a bit Star Trekky.) Anyway, it was dumb on my part to conclude that the finished vestments I saw had anything to do with whatever it is that you plan.

    Btw – the materials you have chosen must be as beautiful to touch as they are to look at – unlike the green ones, which have the look of plastic raincoats.

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