Before and After: St. Stanislaus Oratory, Milwaukee

Before and After: St. Stanislaus Oratory, Milwaukee Today I wished to present a before and after that is slightly different. Instead of our usual view of an entire church or sanctuary going from something more modern to traditional, we are today going to mainly consider the altar -- though I will provide some broader views …

1600: An Ambrosian Gift to the Holy Land

1600: An Ambrosian Gift to the Holy Land Some of you may have seen this posting by Zachary Thomas on the LAJ Facebook page  coming from the holdings of the  Terra Sancta Museum . but I wanted to share them here on the site proper as well. (These are also being cross-posted at the same time over on NLM  incidentally s…

Meditations on the Judica Me (Psalm 42) of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

Meditations on the Judica Me (Psalm 42) of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite Pictured below is photo I took on a recent Autumn pilgrimage through the south of France.  We had Mass on the French Riviera in Nice at Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur (aka the  Église du Gesù) ,  under the care of the priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Thr…

Manuel Farrugia: Ecstasy of St. Teresa

Manuel Farrugia: Ecstasy of St. Teresa Some of our readers may already be acquainted with Manuel Farrugia. Farrugia, who hails from Malta, is just 29 years old but despite his young age he has already put together an impressive portfolio of sacred works. One of his major works was featured in The Catholic Heral…

Papal Humiliations II: The Papal Sedia Stercoraria

In a previous article we discussed flax burning during the papal coronation rite . Today we consider a related ceremony, the Possession , i.e. when the pope takes formal possession of the Lateran cathedral and palace. Just as in the coronation rite, here too the ancient cere…

Some Liturgical Effects of Blessed John Henry Newman

Some Liturgical Effects of Blessed John Henry Newman The feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman was celebrated this week (October 9th to be precise) and before the week passes us by I didn't want to miss an opportunity to resurrect some photos of a liturgical arts nature tied to Newman and the Birmingham Oratory. Of part…

Sacristy Tips: Instructions for Cleaning and Polishing Thuribles of Different Metals

Sacristy Tips: Instructions for Cleaning and Polishing Thuribles of Different Metals Recently LAJ published a very brief and simple tutorial on shining tarnished brass items like thuribles, candlesticks, etc. using super fine steel wool.  We put out the word that we are always on the look out for new submissions to our "Sacristy Tips" series and …

Christ the King Chapel at Christendom College in Virginia

Christ the King Chapel at Christendom College in Virginia LAJ was pleased to receive an update on  the new chapel of Christ the King planned for Christendom College, the Catholic classical liberal arts college located in Front Royal, Virginia founded by Warren H. Carroll. The following images are from  O'Brien and Keane Archite…

Some Noble Gothic Revival Vestments

Some Noble Gothic Revival Vestments The following photo-post is intended to simply provide readers with a few examples of some of the very fine gothic revival vestment work that is found in Britain, and especially from St Dominic's Church - The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary  where all of these photos we…

Late Medieval English Vestments

Late Medieval English Vestments Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk, has a small but significant collection of late medieval English embroidery and among the collection are a number of items for church use: two funerary palls and the remains of two copes.  I had the privilege of being able to view and photo…

Before and After: St. Mary's Church, Norwalk, Connecticut

Before and After: St. Mary's Church, Norwalk, Connecticut We are pleased to share another 'before and after' today, this time coming from the firm of Duncan G. Stroik Architect and St. Mary's Church in Norwalk, CT.   Here is what Stroik's firm says about the project: "The renovation of the sanctuary of Saint …

Synergy in the Liturgical Arts

Synergy in the Liturgical Arts Very often when it comes to church furnishing and art, while there is a harmony amongst the component pieces, there is not necessarily a purposeful and studied integration between them. What do I mean?  What I mean is that you may have an altar and an altar piece, as an ex…

A 17th Century Defense of Rood Screens

A 17th Century Defense of Rood Screens The following is a chapter taken from Fr. Jean-Baptiste Thiers' Dissertation on Rood Screens , a 17th-century essay defending the importance of rood screens in French churches. In this chapter, the author explains the principle of tradition from the point of view of the …

Paraments of the Order of the Golden Fleece

Paraments of the Order of the Golden Fleece Today I wanted to to show readers another set of vestments coming from the Imperial Treasury of Vienna , this time a set that was made for the Austrian branch of the Order of the Golden Fleece -- one of the most elite orders of chivalry in Europe, comprised almost exclusive…

New (Traditional) Altars and Altar Rails by Duncan G. Stroik, Architect

New (Traditional) Altars and Altar Rails by Duncan G. Stroik, Architect If you think substantial altars and altar rails are now a thing of the distant past, capable of only seeing much simpler or more mediocre manifestations today, then think again.  Here is just a small sampling of some of the new work that is taking place today, and these co…

Photo Post: Assumption in Lyon

Photo Post: Assumption in Lyon It has been awhile since we have had a pure photo post and I can think of no better candidate for one than the Collégiale Saint-Just in Lyon under the auspices of Abbé Brice Meissonnier and the FSSP. This particular church is one that we have featured on our Facebook page …

Before and After: Sacred Heart FSSP Parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Before and After: Sacred Heart FSSP Parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana Continuing on with a bit of 'catch up' on some before and after photos LAJ has been sent, today I wanted to share with you another project executed by William Heyer Architect , Sacred Heart Parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  This before and after is a bit unique from s…

Before and After: Blessed Sacrament Church in Newark, Ohio

Before and After: Blessed Sacrament Church in Newark, Ohio Today I wanted to briefly share with readers another installment of our ever popular 'before and after' series of churches and their sanctuaries in particular. Under consideration today is Blessed Sacrament Church in Newark, Ohio. This particular project was pursue…

Sacristy Tips: Polishing Metalwork to Restore its Lustre

Sacristy Tips: Polishing Metalwork to Restore its Lustre Clergy, sacristans and altar servers who work closely with the many brass liturgical items that are used within the sacred liturgy -- candlesticks, reliquaries, thuribles, boats and the like -- are only too familiar with the fact that they invariably become dull, discolour…

Textile design by Geoffrey Webb

Textile design by Geoffrey Webb St Peter's, Great Haseley in Oxfordshire, is a building of much interest. It was a wealthy medieval living and in the later Middle Ages, the advowson was held by the Canons of St George's Chapel Windsor and that accounts for the large scale and lavish decoration of…