Chasuble of the First Bishop of Cincinnati

Chasuble of the First Bishop of Cincinnati The following are images of a chasuble that belonged to Bishop Edward Dominic Fenwick, O.P. (1768-1832), the first Bishop of the Diocese of Cincinnati, who served in that capacity from 1822 until 1832. The chasuble is made of silk with silver thread and includes embroidere…

A Visual Meditation on the Unbleached Beeswax of the Requiem

A Visual Meditation on the Unbleached Beeswax of the Requiem On only the second day of this site's existence we spoke of some of  the reasons behind symbols like unbleached beeswax candles for Requiem Masses. Therein we noted: "The matter is, to some degree, one of common sense. In the liturgical sphere of the Western traditio…

St. Kolbe's Vestments and Mass Items Offer Glimpse of Roman Beauty

St. Kolbe's Vestments and Mass Items Offer Glimpse of Roman Beauty One very interesting place of pilgrimage in Poland that I have visited is Niepokalanów, the Franciscan settlement in rural Poland.  Here St. Maximilian Kolbe founded in 1927 his own friary-publishing house in the rural village of Teresin.  A local prince from Warsaw had giv…

Sacristy Tips: Constructing a Catafalque for the Requiem Mass

Sacristy Tips: Constructing a Catafalque for the Requiem Mass In the usus antiquior , the catafalque is used for the absolution of the dead when no human remains are present. All Souls Day is one of the times of the liturgical year when it is seen and it has become an iconic aspect of the Roman rite.  As we are in a period of recovery…

The Value of Black as a Liturgical Colour

The Value of Black as a Liturgical Colour While All Souls Day is now almost two weeks behind us, it remains the month of the Holy Souls and as such it remains an opportune time to consider some of the liturgical arts which surround the traditional requiem of the Latin rite. Today, I wished to draw readers attentio…

Internet Radio in the Service of Liturgy

Internet Radio in the Service of Liturgy Every year in our house we have a running battle to keep Christmas music in Christmastide, particularly as we are setting up our presepio on the first Sunday of the liturgical year. We bought some excellent Advent albums that we enjoy listening to, and it is always delightf…

The Art of Portable Altars

The Art of Portable Altars Many portable altars date from the time of the First World War when their creation gained an impetus from the urgent needs of military chaplains who were on the front lines or in military camps.  One of the travesties of the First World War was that it involved Christians …

From the Papal Chapel: the White Silk Soutane

From the Papal Chapel: the White Silk Soutane Here are some very rare images of the papal "moiré" choir cassock of Pope John Paul II.  From what I know he made use of it once on the day of his election in 1978.  It is made by Gammarelli of white moiré silk and worn with a pectoral cross hung on a gold-colore…

An Early 20th Century Gothic Revival Set

An Early 20th Century Gothic Revival Set Continuing on with our consideration of some of the more notable gothic revival vestment work out there, I wanted to turn readers attention to a set of early 20th century vestments which were restored under the auspices of the now defunct Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spr…

Before and After: Adoration Chapel at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Greenville, SC

Before and After: Adoration Chapel at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Greenville, SC Father Christopher Smith of Prince of Peace  Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina very kindly shared with LAJ a few photos of their redesigned Adoration chapel.  Those of you who are already familiar with that church will know that it is a reasonably modern church …

Mitre and Gloves of Bishop Karol Józef Wojtyła

Mitre and Gloves of Bishop Karol Józef Wojtyła This year I was privileged to lead a pilgrimage through Poland marking the 60th anniversary of the episcopal consecration of Pope St. John Paul II.  Interestingly enough, there are still people alive who were there on Wawel Hill on that historic day when the saint was orda…

All Souls at All Saints Minneapolis

All Souls at All Saints Minneapolis Father Alex Stewart, FSSP of All Saints Minneapolis very kindly sent LAJ notice of their recent All Souls Day Mass in the usus antiquior and as a meditation upon the various sacred arts, I wanted to share just a few of those photos (The full set of which may be found here .…

Beauty and Crucial Role of Monastic Liturgies

Beauty and Crucial Role of Monastic Liturgies On All Souls Day I was privileged to attend the Conventual Mass at Westminster Abbey in British Columbia, Canada. After Mass the monks and students processed to the monastery cemetery to pray for the deceased members of the community.  The prayers included the De Profundis . …

A Contemporary Case for the Inclusion of Memento Mori on Black Vestments

A Contemporary Case for the Inclusion of Memento Mori on Black Vestments Over the years I have shared many photos of black requiem vestments replete with skulls, scythes, bones, even the poor souls in Purgatory. These vestments usually inspire a great deal of interest for reason of their relative rarity and also for reason of these symbols. R…