Six Ornamental Cope Hoods

Six Ornamental Cope Hoods It is well enough known that the hood of the cope was originally a functional hood that could be used to protect the cleric from the outer elements. As the function of cope broadened from an outer protective vestment, the hood gradually became a more ornamental and less fu…

The Genuine Art of the Processional Banner

The Genuine Art of the Processional Banner We haven't yet had the opportunity to give much consideration to the world of the processional banner where the liturgical arts are concerned and today I wished to begin to remedy this omission. I must preface this, of course, by noting that when many think of "ba…

Marian Blue, Gold and White Vestments from Benedicamus

Marian Blue, Gold and White Vestments from Benedicamus For those who admire blue vestments for Marian feasts but who do not live within locales where this privilege is available, take heart, there are some options available to you that remain within both the letter and spirit of the law. Generally the way this is manifest is b…

Bavaria in America: A Tour of St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin

Bavaria in America: A Tour of St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin Many of our readers will be familiar, at least by sight if not by name, with St. Mary's Church in Wausau, Wisconsin. This particular church is under the care of the Institute of Christ the King (ICRSS) and found within the diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.  The church, …

An Introduction to the Baltimore Office (1888)

An Introduction to the Baltimore Office (1888) The Baltimore Office is a shortened version of the Divine Office that was specifically recommended for the laity by the American bishops in 1888. Like the better-known Baltimore Catechism, it gets its name from the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884), under whose aut…

The Church of the Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul, Minnesota

The Church of the Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul, Minnesota One of the most beautiful and unique Gothic Revival churches in North America is the church of the Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul, Minnesota.   This Neo-Gothic structure with English Tudor motif is one of many noteworthy churches in Minnesota, a land with a rich landscape …

Tradition Meets Technology at the New Monastery of the Carmelites of Wyoming

Tradition Meets Technology at the New Monastery of the Carmelites of Wyoming Adherence to tradition needn't mean utter avoidance of modernity and technology and in this particular story we learn of how the Carmelites of Wyoming (famed for their Mystic Monk Coffee ) have learned and utilized technology in a way that is helping bring traditional de…

Armorial Liturgical Book Bindings

Armorial Liturgical Book Bindings Just a brief photo-post today to share a few examples of armorial, liturgical bookbinding -- or, put more simply, liturgical books that have ecclesiastical arms incorporated into their design. These bindings have always had a particular interest for many and they are certa…

Introducing the Work of Benedicamus

Introducing the Work of Benedicamus Continuing on with our considerations of late of new vestment work, I recently came across a Polish vestment maker, Benedicamus , whose work has caught my attention.  There are a number of pieces I will feature from them but for today I wanted to focus on a green Roman set …

New Red Conical Chasuble from Paramentica

New Red Conical Chasuble from Paramentica We seem to have a sudden influx of red vestments coming from the bespoke vestment makers and this one is no different, a red conical chasuble coming from Paramentica . The timing for these offerings are, of course, opportune if any parish, priest or monastic/religious commu…

One More From Altarworthy

One More From Altarworthy A few days ago I presented some work from the vestment maker, Altarworthy , which showed a unique design approach that included a painted scene on the central orphrey of the chasuble. Today, I thought I'd share another vestment this same company recently released, this …