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Tag Archives: Gammarelli
The Roman Sunset was 7:28 the Roman Sunset 18:21 is and the Ave Maria is 18:30. today I made my way through several of the rings of tourist hell, like Dante in search of my reason. Indeed the reason why … Read More
I’ll start with a bid for funds for the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison. In this weird time of ecclesial demolition it is hard to know where your monetary support should go for constructive purposes. Always remember … Read More
Some shots from my anniversary day in Rome and today. First things first. CHEESE! I hadn’t bought cheese from this guy before, but I tried some and it was simply marvelous. And, of course, Holy Mass in the morning. I … Read More
Yesterday morning brought a smooth landing at Fiumicino – not to be underestimated – but iffy weather. As a matter of fact, it rained hard yesterday morning and again in the evening, with some sunny moments in between. My apartment … Read More
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 … Read More
When I was in Rome a few days ago, I asked one of the great guys at Gammarelli to give me a refresher lesson in how to fold a cassock well, to minimize wrinkles when packing. I posted another video … Read More
Yesterday I mentioned the set of vestments we are having made for the Pontifical Masses. I received the following few photos before the fabric was cut and sent for sewing. The photos are not great, but they give a sense of … Read More
Today I stopped in at Gammarelli to talk about the upcoming pontifical set of vestments in white and I saw a relatively inexpensive rose pianera. They will make a matching cope and have it to us by Gaudete Sunday. Hopefully … Read More
The Pope’s Tailor, Annibale Gammarelli, has passed away. He was There was an announcement of his death in L’Osservatore Romano. More HERE. Signor Annibale was “un signore” in the full sense of that Italian concept. Please stop and say … Read More
I have posted about our Society’s project to have a full Pontifical set of vestments made in glorious red silk damask with bright gold serpentine column trim. I posted photos of the fabric being cut at Gammarelli in Rome and … Read More
Here is a shot of one the intrepid staff at Gammarelli cutting fabric for the cope. This reminds me of the famous Moroni portrait of The Tailor which hangs in the National Gallery. It is an interesting painting, because Moroni … Read More
One of my favorite portrait artists is Giovanni Battista Moroni (+1579). Not one was he Catholic, in a serious sense, he was both in Trent when the Council was being held and was influenced by it. One of Moroni’s more famous … Read More
During my last trip to Rome (thanks, donors), I had business at the famous clerical shop Gammarelli. I ask one of the helpful men at the shop to demonstrate how properly to fold a cassock. This is a useful … Read More
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 P.za di Spagna and the great … Read More