A Fifteenth Century Chasuble from Cologne

A Fifteenth Century Chasuble from Cologne Just a quick article today to share a piece of interest coming from the Schnütgen Museum in Germany. It is of a chasuble made from a Florentine textile from 1475 and an embroidered orphrey that dates from approximately the same period. Suffice it to say, the chasuble would…

New Rose Chasuble from Garry South of Holy Threads

New Rose Chasuble from Garry South of Holy Threads Those who have been reading LAJ since its advent may remember Garry South of Holy Threads (see: Garry South: Strategist by Day, Vestment Designer by Night ) and for those who have not (or at least cannot recall) you may wish to visit that article to get some of his interest…

Sacristy Tips: The Cleaning of Sacristy Silver

Sacristy Tips: The Cleaning of Sacristy Silver Brother Brady Bonnici, OCD, from St.Theresa's in Cospicua Malta shared the following tips about how he goes about cleaning the silver candlesticks in their church: First, I prepare a bucket of water, some brushes, a silver duster and silver bath liquid . (I don't us…

The Antependium of Pizzighettone: Gift of the King of France

The Antependium of Pizzighettone: Gift of the King of France The antependium of Pizzighettone, as it is known, was a gift of the French king, Francois (1494-1547), who was known to be a great patron of the arts. During the Italian wars of that period, he spent time in Pizzighettone, a captivity of sorts, and he developed a close fri…

All Hallows Eve (Halloween) in the Traditional, Pre-1955 Liturgical Books

All Hallows Eve (Halloween) in the Traditional, Pre-1955 Liturgical Books Halloween is a liturgical holiday. Anyone would be forgiven for not knowing that, because almost nobody keeps it that way anymore—to such a degree that some Catholics are of the opinion that we should wash our hands of the whole business. But Halloween has always belonged …

The Holy Face Crucifix in the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago

The Holy Face Crucifix in the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago In one of the side chapels of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago, hangs a gorgeous copy of one of the most revered crucifixes of Medieval Europe. A notable artistic prototype with singular history and vestiges of mysterious Jerusalem origins, the Holy Face of Lucca is…

Before and After: Immaculate Conception in Kenton, Ohio

Before and After: Immaculate Conception in Kenton, Ohio Today I wished to share a quick 'before and after' from the parish of Immaculate Conception in Kenton, Ohio, by William Heyer Architect .  This is a reasonably modest renovation compared to some of those we have shown in the past, but one which certainly has certain…

Considerations of Candles and Their Proportions in Relation to the Altar

Considerations of Candles and Their Proportions in Relation to the Altar In previous articles I have mentioned the importance of the predella , the ciborium magnum , the antenpendium , and the principle of "verticality" in helping to draw focus to that which is the centre of a church: the high altar.  Tying into this latter point, today …

Contemporary Traditional: A Green Cope in the Italian Tradition

Contemporary Traditional: A Green Cope in the Italian Tradition It was only a few weeks ago that I featured Sacra Domus Aurea as part of LAJ's 'bespoke' vestment designers series , but in the short time since then they have been putting out some amazing work that I would like to showcase while still 'fresh.'  As I ha…

The Dies Irae Sequence

The Dies Irae Sequence One of the most revered and beloved of chant sequences is the Dies Irae, which is sung on All Souls Day and for Requiem Masses in general. This revered bit of liturgical poetry has come to us in  various English translations . Here are a few examples of just first two opening…

Before and After: St Mary’s Church in Marion, Ohio

Before and After: St Mary’s Church in Marion, Ohio The architectural firm of  William Heyer Architect  recently completed a renovation project at St. Mary's Church in Marion, Ohio .  The project came within the context of a gothic revival church that had undergone post-conciliar revisions but which still retained the bone…

Selection of Vestments from the Diocesan Museum of Trent

Selection of Vestments from the Diocesan Museum of Trent The following is a small selection of vestments that may be found at the Museo Diocesano Tridentino  (the diocesan museum of Trent) in Italy that came by way of Nicola de Grandi of Milan. As with other such pieces, the focus here is simply to show some of the various design…

Introducing Jasper and Scheer Liturgical Art

Introducing Jasper and Scheer Liturgical Art It has been too long since we last featured a painter, so today I wanted to turn readers' attention to  Jasper & Scheer Liturgical Art  who describe themselves and their mission accordingly: Jasper Artisan's Guild is committed to the beauty and sanctity of the Ca…

Eighteenth Century Vestments from Stift Klosterneuberg in Austria

Eighteenth Century Vestments from Stift Klosterneuberg in Austria The Augustinian Monastery of Klosterneuberg in Lower Austria has one of the finest collections of vestments on display anywhere. In fact, many of our readers may well remember an article published here on their well known  Art Nouveau set . Today I wanted to turn your attent…

ALBL Oberammergau: The San Gimignano Crucifix

ALBL Oberammergau: The San Gimignano Crucifix The liturgical artists at  ALBL Oberammergau , in operation since the 16th century, have been quietly at work at their trade since we last featured them, and today I wished to show the crucifix of San Gimignano, a five foot high crucifix they have created based upon the 13th…

Before and After: Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Before and After: Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Kenosha, Wisconsin It has been a little while since we have shown a church as part of our ever popular "before and after" series and today we are very pleased to be able to showcase the work of Stephen S. Cascio  at his very own parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Kenosha, Wiscons…

Daniel Mitsui and Gardiner-Hall Collaboration on Altar Rugs for the Cathedral-Basilica of Covington, Kentucky

Daniel Mitsui and Gardiner-Hall Collaboration on Altar Rugs for the Cathedral-Basilica of Covington, Kentucky The matter of altar rugs is one of those subjects that gets very little treatment in the liturgical arts, but this is something of a shame as they actually fulfill both a very practical purpose (in terms of the sacred ministers) as well as an artistic one (in terms of lend…

A Model Roman (Side) Altar

A Model Roman (Side) Altar The well known Alcuin Club tracts of Anglo-Catholic fame included various considerations of "English altars" (namely, medieval altars found within England) throughout their course and today I wanted to show what I consider a very good model for a "Roman alta…

Fifteenth Century Pentecost Vestments of Pope Nicholas V

Fifteenth Century Pentecost Vestments of Pope Nicholas V Today I wished to share with our readers a set of historical vestments that were commissioned in the fifteenth century (1449-1450) by the Commune of Siena and Aquila for use by Pope Nicholas V for the occasion of the canonization of St. Bernardino of Siena (1380-1444) on t…

Spanish Bespoke Vestment Designer A&M Ornamentos

Spanish Bespoke Vestment Designer A&M Ornamentos For our final piece (for now at least) in our bespoke vestment designers series, I wanted to turn to a maker based out of Spain,  A&M Ornamentos . This particular designer is, not unsurprisingly, focused on vestments in the Spanish tradition. For those who want to browse …

Bespoke Vestment Designer Maris Stella Vestments

Bespoke Vestment Designer Maris Stella Vestments We are nearing the conclusion of our considerations of various contemporary (but traditional) vestment designers and today I wished to continue with a maker we have featured on LAJ before, Maris Stella Vestments . This particular maker is based out to the United Kingdom and…

Keeping the Votive Mass Alive in the Holy Land

Keeping the Votive Mass Alive in the Holy Land A lot of readers have been asking for more information about the planned liturgies for the upcoming Holy Land Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage with Fr. Z .  My response is short: "It's a surprise, you will have to join the tour.  It is a Latin Mass tour.  There will be lot…

Nuns and Religious Professions

Nuns and Religious Professions Speaking of liturgical arts, one of the most simple and yet fascinating rites in the life of the Church is the Perpetual Profession of Vows and the Investiture of Novices for sisters.  It was an immense pleasure to witness both these sacred rites conducted with the greates…

Contemporary Hand Embroidery from Watts and Co. of London

Contemporary Hand Embroidery from Watts and Co. of London If you think the art of hand embroidery is entirely lost to our time that is not in fact the case. Granted, it is ever more difficult to find such work as many of those who procure works of liturgical art today are either unwilling to wait or to pay for the hours of work t…

Two Vestments from Watts & Co. of London

Two Vestments from Watts & Co. of London We have been speaking a lot these past few days of makers of bespoke vestments, and Watts & Co. of London are certainly one of the makers who offer such vestments , but today I wanted to focus on two other of their offerings, the first being a  embroidered cope . The cope…

Bespoke Vestments from Lyon, France: L'Atelier Romanitas

Bespoke Vestments from Lyon, France: L'Atelier Romanitas We are now nearing the completion of our series featuring various bespoke vestment designers and I cannot fail to mention L'Atelier Romanitas . This particular workshop operates out of Lyon, France, and many of their vestments have appeared here and elsewhere before, pr…

Bespoke Vestments from Altarworthy

Bespoke Vestments from Altarworthy Continuing on with our consideration of some of the bespoke vestment designers that are out there, today I wanted to turn your attention to Altarworthy -- whom we have featured here on LAJ before. Altarworthy is an American based vestment maker who specialize in traditiona…

Marian-Passionist Shrine in the South of Poland

Marian-Passionist Shrine in the South of Poland Among the many wonderful treasures bestowed on future generations by Medieval Christianity was the development of pilgrimage routes and eminent shrine churches. Since about the 8th century, holy sites began to take more and more magnificent forms reviving and inventing art…

Baroque Inspired Bespoke Vestments from Spain: Pluriarte

Baroque Inspired Bespoke Vestments from Spain: Pluriarte Today I would turn your attention to Pluriarte - Arte Sacro , a small family business based out of Spain. In addition to their bespoke vestment work, they also do goldsmithing and restorative repairs -- but their vestments are our focus for today. Pluriarte craft vestments i…

Bespoke Vestments, Frontals and More from Luzar Vestments

Bespoke Vestments, Frontals and More from Luzar Vestments Continuing on with our consideration of vestment designers, I want to turn our readers' attention to Luzar Vestments  who are based out of Oxfordshire.  Luzar offers a range of ecclesiastical goods, from vestments and vesture to other items. In terms of their vestments,…

European, Bespoke Vestment Designer Sacra Domus Aurea

European, Bespoke Vestment Designer Sacra Domus Aurea Continuing on with our considerations of some of the up and coming vestment designers out there, today I wanted to turn back toward Europe and to the maker, Sacra Domus Aurea  who are based out of Italy and who we introduced you to for the first time last month . Before proce…

Bespoke Vestments from Paramentica

Bespoke Vestments from Paramentica Continuing on with our considerations of some of bespoke vestment makers who are operating at the moment, I wanted to turn our readers' attention to Paramentica Liturgical Design . Paramentica is based out of the California, selling second hand and new vestment work. Tod…

Rare American Byzantine Romanesque Revival

Rare American Byzantine Romanesque Revival One of the top most beautiful little examples of whimsical twenties church architecture in the American Midwest is seen here, the former parish church of St. Andrew in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Sadly, it will be torn down later this month, bringing to mind a line from T.S. Eli…

Introducing Ars Comacina

Introducing Ars Comacina Back at the beginning of July, LAJ featured some of the works of a very promising new vestment artist based out of Italy, Sacra Domus Aurea , whose focus is on hand-tailored, bespoke designs. Today, as part of our ongoing featuring of various contemporary vestment artists, …

Lessons of St. Francis of Assisi about Poverty and Sacred Liturgy

Lessons of St. Francis of Assisi about Poverty and Sacred Liturgy St. Francis of Assisi is famously quoted as saying, "preach the Gospel and use words if necessary." The lesson is straightforward enough: lead by example. In that vein, what lessons can we find from the example of St. Francis where liturgical beauty is concerned? …

Establishing an Oasis of Beauty and Joy (by Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB)

Establishing an Oasis of Beauty and Joy (by Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB) Early in the Summer of 2018 one of our bishop’s assistants telephoned: would we consider looking at some ancient monastic buildings beside a small chapel as a possible permanent location for our monastic community? In the South-East of France there are many such. But here i…

Restored Convent Chapel of Nuns in Minneapolis

Restored Convent Chapel of Nuns in Minneapolis Many of us know of no earthly magnificence to compare with the liturgical ceremonies of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  That being said, how fitting to see this old convent chapel in Minneapolis refurbished with three brand new, hand-carved, wooden items: an alt…

Vestments Commissioned by Bishop David van Bourgondië

Vestments Commissioned by Bishop David van Bourgondië The following vestment set dates from the early 1500's and was commissioned by Bishop David of Burgundy. Sadly, for him, the set was not completed prior to his own death -- which is perhaps a pertinent reminder for our own, rather impatient age that vestments of this s…

Madonna di Campoé

Madonna di Campoé A few years ago. while doing an "Ambrosian tour" of sorts, I had the great pleasure of visiting the Santuario della Madonna di Campoé in Caglio -- a quaint and beautiful chapel nestled within the dramatic landscape of Northern Italy. After a pleasant meal nearby …