From a reader…
We have been gradually building up our liturgy practice in a little but growing community centered in the traditional Mass. We now have a Sung Mass every Sunday. The altar service includes the Master of Ceremonies, the Thurifer, and two Acolytes. We have new recruits on the way so maybe soon also a Cross-bearer and torch-bearers.
Would you direct me to a good reference detailing the liturgical artifacts that go into a good liturgy along with, perhaps, some guidance on where to purchase quality objects, so that we may prioritize and work on perfecting our liturgical practice? For example—what Cross for the Cross-bearer? Recommended torches and torch-holders, and so on.
I’ll open this up to the readership.
I’ll start, however, with the great “John” of Leaflet Missal in St. Paul, who runs their church goods department. He understands your liturgical sensibilities and needs and has great experience. I get stuff through him and he is handling the Birettas For Seminarians project.
This tells you about everything a church needs to be well-equipped for just about any liturgy or occasion.
I was amused when looking around for images at some contrasts when it came to items for the Novus Ordo and item for the TLM.
Which is which?
Of course the TLM can be said with modern vestments in a modern context and the Novus Ordo can be said with traditional gear and architecture. But each – interiorly – seems to have its own ethos. Each seems to call forth a certain style.