Other Modern: The Moriarty Chasuble of Downside Abbey

Other Modern: The Moriarty Chasuble of Downside Abbey One of the contemporary (but traditional) chasubles coming out of the sacristy of Downside Abbey that has always interested me is the so-called "Moriarty chasuble."  This particular chasuble is a clear byproduct of the very best of the monastic school of the Litu…

Reader Question: Vestment Offerings in an Italianate Style

Reader Question: Vestment Offerings in an Italianate Style Frequently I am asked where vestments of a 'high baroque' variety can be purchased these days -- if anywhere at all. What is typically meant by this are the sort of vestments that have very rich gold embroidery on them, embroidered onto some sort of lamé in one or …

The Poesy and Aesthetics of the Doberan Cross

The Poesy and Aesthetics of the Doberan Cross Doberan Abbey is one of the great Cistercian edifices constructed between the XII c. and XV c., a venerable and original gem of Gothic brick architecture found along the ancient merchant route between Poland, Germany, and Denmark. The buildings and the liturgical treasures…

Before and After: The Restoration of St. Mary's, German Village, in Columbus, Ohio

Before and After: The Restoration of St. Mary's, German Village, in Columbus, Ohio I wanted to share a little bit of the work coming out of Meleca Architects , namely the restoration of the church of St. Mary's, German Village , in Columbus, Ohio. You can see from this view below that, first off, the high altar has been restored. In the 'before'…

Our Lady of Paris and Other New Work from ALBL Oberammergau

Our Lady of Paris and Other New Work from ALBL Oberammergau It has been awhile since we dropped in on our friends at  ALBL Oberaammergau  but as they had recently updated the portfolio on their website, it was an opportune time for a visit. I would take a moment to note that this company works in traditional materials like wood; as …

Solemn Pontifical Mass in Minneapolis

Solemn Pontifical Mass in Minneapolis The FSSP in Minneapolis recently had a visit from Cardinal Burke for the occasion of the First Communions of a number of the children affiliated with the community.  I would take a moment to mention the vestments that were used for this event, which take their inspiration …

Chapel el Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Chapel el Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe, New Mexico I have always been quite interested in the architecture of the missions, especially those of the Native American Missions (which our own Claudio Salvucci so admirably covers). Another area of interest are the Spanish Missions and recently I came across the following altar …

Two Unique Chasubles

Two Unique Chasubles Every so often I will be digging through my archives and come across items that I cannot for the life of me recall the details around, including where I even came across them. The dilemma: do you show them or not? Obviously it would be preferable to be able to present some…

The Sacristy Series: Vestments of St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin

The Sacristy Series: Vestments of St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin Yesterday, in our first instalment of our new  Sacristy Series , we looked at the antependia of St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin. Today we return with the second part of our consideration by looking at some of the vestments of the parish. The first set I would show our re…

The Sacristy Series: Antependia of St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin

The Sacristy Series: Antependia of St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin Today LAJ is happy to launch a new occasional series (much like our "Before and After", "Sacristy Tips" and "Other Modern" themed pieces) called "The Sacristy Series."  (The idea being to show the liturgical accoutrements of a partic…

The Barbavara Mitre in the Cathedral Treasury of Palermo

The Barbavara Mitre in the Cathedral Treasury of Palermo I thought I would take an opportunity today to share with readers an example of a precious mitre ( mitra pretiosa ) coming from the earlier 17th century by way of Michele Cassatta  -- whose work we featured only just earlier this week. The mitre in question is the so-called &…

Before and After in Sydney

Before and After in Sydney In many of our "before and after" considerations, we are generally dealing with a traditional sanctuary and church that was renovated in a very modernistic fashion that is then restored back closer to its historical design; in other instances we are dealing with …

Five Kyrie's

Five Kyrie's Seldom do I have the opportunity to speak of sacred music here on LAJ, but today I thought I would share a few pieces with you.  As many of our readers will know, a traditional Mass setting is made up of the five ordinary parts of the Mass set to music: the Kyrie, Gloria, C…

Kmita Chasuble from the Cathedral Treasury in Krakow

Kmita Chasuble from the Cathedral Treasury in Krakow Around the year 1503, to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the canonization of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, nobleman Piotr Kmita the Elder commissioned a chasuble with the scenes from the life of the saint. The vestment, now permanently housed in the treasury muse…

Restoration of a Unique Preaching Stole

Restoration of a Unique Preaching Stole Recently I came across an interesting bit of restoration work undertaken by Michele Cassata paramenti ricamati a mano  who is based out of Palermo, Italy.  The restoration caught my attention for two reasons: First, the very fact of the restoration itself for we live in an …

Reliquaries

Reliquaries When you think of reliquaries it is not uncommon to think of the type that are a bit like a small monstrance, however reliquaries can and often have had much more 'evocative' forms -- very frequently taking the form of a bust of the saint or blessed, or in other in…

Unique 16th Century Chasuble from Downside Abbey: The "Glover" Chasuble

Unique 16th Century Chasuble from Downside Abbey: The "Glover" Chasuble Amidst the various important holdings of Downside Abbey are a series of antique vestments dating from the medieval and recusant period. I thought it would be of interest to our readers to take a look at some of these, beginning today with the early 16th century "Glove…

Toronto Oratory: Jesuit Ordained to the Subdiaconate by Archbishop of Ottawa

Toronto Oratory: Jesuit Ordained to the Subdiaconate by Archbishop of Ottawa We do not feature a great deal in the way of event news on LAJ given our particularly tight focus, however, this particular event brought together not only a nice bit of news, but also some focus on some of the liturgical arts associated with the Solemn Pontifical Mass in …