The Riches of the Pontifical Mass of the Rite of Lyon

The Riches of the Pontifical Mass of the Rite of Lyon Over the years I have shared various writings and bits of information on the pontifical form of the rite of Lyon -- the Missale Romano-Lugdunense . Here are a few of the pieces I have done over the years on this impressive rite: Ceremonial Details of the Pontifical Mass in …

The Voyages Liturgiques: Public Penance in 18th Century France

The Voyages Liturgiques: Public Penance in 18th Century France [The  Voyages Liturgiques  describes the ritual of public penance as it was still practiced in the diocese of Rouen as late as the beginning of the 18th century.] T here is perhaps no church in France where public penance is observed with more exactitude and ceremony than in t…

The Voyages Liturgiques de France: St. Maurice of Vienne and the Solemn Pontifical Mass

The Voyages Liturgiques de France: St. Maurice of Vienne and the Solemn Pontifical Mass Continuing with St. Maurice of Vienne , the author describes the cathedral liturgy as portrayed in a 13th century Ordinal, pointing out that little has changed in the meantime. The Calendar. Solemn Feasts. Christmas Mass.  ( Download the original French  here .) * * * I think it…

The Four Evangelist: Carving by ALBL Oberammergau

The Four Evangelist: Carving by ALBL Oberammergau As readers of LAJ will know, I particularly enjoy featuring original woodcarving and today I wanted to share the four evangelists by ALBL Oberammergau . These particular sculptural reliefs were made for St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, Texas. I don't be…

Two 'Mystery' Vestments

Two 'Mystery' Vestments We live in a world of more available content than ever. In some instances this content comes full od detail, but in the age of the internet, some of it can come without much in the way of explanation or historical details and context. While this is regrettable for many of …

From Giotto to Rubens: The Baptism of the Lord in Painting

From Giotto to Rubens: The Baptism of the Lord in Painting The earliest pictorial representations of the Baptism of the Lord were carved in stone, on Christian sarcophagi. Later, during the long Middle Ages, stone reliefs of this scene are found above church entrances or sometimes in the interior, always carved as fragments of bro…

The Voyages Liturgiques de France: St. Maurice of Vienne - Lent

The Voyages Liturgiques de France: St. Maurice of Vienne - Lent On all Sundays from Septuagesima to Easter there was a procession or station at a church in the city. On Ash Wednesday there were also stations. After None they blessed the ashes. Then the archbishop (or in his absence the priest of St. Pierre de Vienne) and his chaplain, …

Revival of 1920's Designer Fabrics

Revival of 1920's Designer Fabrics Finally we are beginning to see the revival of some more interesting (and truly artistic) fabrics from yesteryear.  This prime example - originally from circa 1920's Belgium - has been revived and made available again courtesy of the  Leaflet Missal Company in St. Paul,…

Other Modern Chasuble of the Bishop of Monaco

Other Modern Chasuble of the Bishop of Monaco The following chasuble was exhibited as part of the exhibition, "Apparelled in Celestial Light" at Indar Pasricha Fine Arts in London. It sits as another example of Other Modern coming from within the Liturgical Movement. Readers may be particularly interest to …

The Voyages Liturgiques de France: Easter and Other Feasts at the Cathedral of St. Maurice of Vienne

The Voyages Liturgiques de France: Easter and Other Feasts at the Cathedral of St. Maurice of Vienne [While liturgical ceremonial is not traditionally considered a "liturgical art," here on LAJ we have chosen to take a broader interpretation. Ceremonies and ceremonial, after all, form a part of the incarnate nature of the sacred liturgy; a part of the 'dance…

Marian Chasuble from Atelier LAVS

Marian Chasuble from Atelier LAVS Continuing on with our 'Marian theme' of the past days, the other day I presented to readers a glorious example from the 18th century and today I wished to turn to some contemporary work coming from the Italian firm,  Atelier LAVS  -- they code it "SP34" fo…

In Festal White, Gold and Blue

In Festal White, Gold and Blue Sitting, as we are, on the cusp of the feast of Mary, Mother of God, it seemed like an apropos time to show this stunning 18th century chasuble from the Musée de la Visitation in Moulins, France. Regrettably, I can offer little in the way of detail about it beyond what I h…

Rose Chasuble of Pius XI from the Papal Treasury

Rose Chasuble of Pius XI from the Papal Treasury This past Advent 2018 was the first "violet" season where we didn't post up a selection of rose vestments for our readers enjoyment -- and the seemingly endless debate about what should or shouldn't constitute "rosacea." To make up for this defi…

Folded Chasuble of the Barberini Pope, Urban VIII

Folded Chasuble of the Barberini Pope, Urban VIII There are times when there are a collision of elements that are irresistible. Include within that the following example of a folded chasuble (planeta plicata) in the "cut" form that comes the era of Pope Urban VIII, the Barberini pope with the famed heraldic bees…

The Voyages Liturgiques de France: St. Maurice of Vienne

The first in a series of selections from a 17th-century traveler's account of French cathedrals and monasteries. See the Preface here . Download the French original  here . Vienne The city of Vienne in the Dauphiné ( Vienna Allobrogum in Latin) was a Roman colony and one of …

The Challenges and Rewards of Gold and Silver Vestments

The Challenges and Rewards of Gold and Silver Vestments Being the vigil of one the great feasts of the Christian liturgical year, it seemed appropriate to consider a festal vestment that would be worthy of so great a feast.  This particular set is one that was restored by Atelier Sirio in Italy. Very frequently gold and silver …

A Liturgical Curiosity

A Liturgical Curiosity One of LAJ's priestly readers sent in the following to us a few weeks back and with the week winding down as we head into the Christmas season next week, it seemed like a good opportunity to share what I consider a curiosity. Here is what our reader had to say about it…

Traditional Craftsmanship and the Nativity

Traditional Craftsmanship and the Nativity With the Feast of the Nativity fast approaching, I thought it would be fitting to share some of the incredible work of Mussner G. Vincenzo , one of LAJ's long time advertising partners who are based out of Italy. Of particular interest to me is the fact that they work i…

Other Modern in Fontgombault

Other Modern in Fontgombault Today I wished to share with LAJ readers another entry in our Other Modern series. This particular set of vestments is one that I featured many years ago on NLM, but I hadn't the opportunity at that time to show them used within their proper liturgical context. Recentl…

A Vision of Loveliness and a Paradigm for Marian Altarpiece

A Vision of Loveliness and a Paradigm for Marian Altarpiece Enclosed by a fetching garden, off the corner of Locust and 17 th in central Philadelphia, only a short walk from the Rittenhouse Square, stands the historic St. Mark Church, Decorated Gothic style edifice and one of the most picturesque landmarks in the city. The crown jewe…