NEW VESTMENTS! Stunning new Pontifical Set has arrived!

It has been a long time coming, but the day has arrived. Today we received the new Pontifical Mass vestments from Rome.

Gammarelli always packages things perfectly, with layers of poly/plastic to protect the contents.

The shipment had been help up for a while, which made me a little nervous, but it got here on the scheduled date.

The first box I opened had lots of the bits and pieces for the set, all the maniples and so forth.  Since I had ordered a couple of additional chasubles (a Roman in addition to the Neri) and since there are two more chasubles coming (with coats-of-arms) they sent all the small pieces: stoles, veils, burses, etc.

You can see the difference in the sizes of the burse for the Neri cut and the Roman cut.

Behold, the Neri cut chasuble.  And this is not the “plus-size” we ordered.  That will come later with a coat of arms embroidered on it.

A different angle of light.

There is an amazing stack of maniples, enough to freeze the hearts of libs everywhere.

The Roman.

I decided to leave most of the set in the boxes though I really wanted to pull everything out!  Easier to transport.  We have a meter of fabric and lining and trim and now we have to make our tabernacle veils.  We have to prep the antependium for use.

We have labels to sew… two labels.  One demonstrates ownership by the TMSM.  The other will honor someone who gave a major – seriously major – donation to the TMSM.

Her name will go into these vestments and everyone who wears them will be prompted to pray for her.

We will first use parts of the set for Holy Thursday and then on Easter.  They will be magnificent.

The next project begins in earnest in May.


I wonder if we will have a big donor for that set.

Brick by brick.  Maniple by maniple.


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  1. Mariana2 says:

    Seriously spiffy! The mid blue is the perfect counter balance to the brown-y colour, and silver trim is just perfect; gold would have been too much ‘brown’.

    Do Gammarelli recommend any particular chapel veil shops?

  2. Spinmamma says:

    Stunning! Absolutely worthy of the celebration.

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    My gosh, those are just so beautiful, I love the darker blue inside, but the fabric itself is stunning. Kudos to whoever selected the fabric and colors.

  4. moosix1974 says:

    That’s a lot of blue for Holy Thursday and Easter. I thought these were Marian vestments. Isn’t gold for Easter best with red accents? It’s beautiful to be sure, but not for Easter in my mind.

    [Good grief.]

  5. Gab says:

    moosix1974, my thoughts too in terms of white/gold for Easter (minus the red accents).

  6. JustaSinner says:

    Father, wearing vestments like that really add to the solemnity of Mass. I know they are expensive, being hand-made in Italy and all, but can the laity work with their parish priest to make these domestically?

  7. Sure. Why not?

    That said, I’ve seen some pretty dreadful vestments made by well-meaning folks who did their very best. Doing your very best is pleasing to the Lord, of course. And a child’s best efforts at drawing might please God greatly… though Beato Angelico does better work and with holy intent.

    But there is no reason why some people with real sartorial skills couldn’t band together and, in consultation – OH! How this is a key! – with priests who know their stuff and who have good examples to work from, make beautiful vestments and perhaps make a living at it.

  8. JustaSinner says:

    How would one approach a parish priest about this? Which garment set would you recommend first? So if only one set were made, it would be most useful?
    Have a small facility filled with industrial sewing machines, sergers, an embroidering machine and. CNC fabric cutting laser. So have the necessary equipment.

    [Wow. It seems that you do. One thing that might be helpful is to sit down with a serious seamstress or … seamster? … along with a set of Mass vestments that are either worn and ready to go to the fire, or even new and were purchased to be sacrificed, take them apart and reverse engineer them.]

  9. moosix1974 says:

    I didn’t mean to offend, but again, I just don’t associate those colors with HT and Easter, but what do I know? LOL

  10. maternalView says:

    So beautiful!!!

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fear of beauty and how even those who think they don’t have that fear still need to qualify their response to beauty.

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