The Traditional Penitential and Mourning Dress of Cardinals of the Roman Church

The Traditional Penitential and Mourning Dress of Cardinals of the Roman Church While there is an increasing awareness of traditional vesture such as the cappa magna and pontificals such as sandalia , gauntlets and so forth, one area that remains still relatively unknown to many today is the penitential and mourning dress of prelates. To help simplify …

Vestments for the Pentecost Octave

Vestments for the Pentecost Octave Continuing on with our meditations around Pentecost during the octave, this is a good opportunity to share a few odds and ends where red vestments are concerned -- particularly those with 'Pentecostal' imagery.  This first chasuble is one that is located in the Phi…

The 2019 Chartres Pilgrimage

The 2019 Chartres Pilgrimage As we sit within the Octave of Pentecost in the traditional Roman calendar, I cannot resist our annual opportunity to showcase some photos from the recent Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage in France. Traditionally that pilgrimage begins at Notre Dame in Paris and ends up at No…

Tintoretto's Vision of Paradise

Tintoretto's Vision of Paradise This year marks several significant art anniversaries: Rembrandt, Da Vinci, and Tintoretto are all artists who are especially remembered in 2019. In the United States, The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC is hosting a splendid exhibition that honors Tintoretto. Amo…

Customs: The Shower of Rose Petals on the Feast of Pentecost

Customs: The Shower of Rose Petals on the Feast of Pentecost Yesterday, for the solemnity of Pentecost, a venerable custom was performed at the Pantheon, or Basilica of S. Maria ad Martyres. The Italians call this custom "la pioggia di petali di rosa" (or shower/rain of rose petals). While not exclusive to the Pantheon it …

The Spanish Mission Reredos of San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Spanish Mission Reredos of San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico S an Miguel Chapel (Misión de San Miguel) is Spanish mission church that dates back to the early 1600's, being the oldest known church in the continental USA.  While the chapel is generally of interest, it is the reredos which is of particular interest today, being anot…

Ceremonies of the Consecration of Churches: The Writing of the Latin and Greek Alphabets on the Church Pavement

Ceremonies of the Consecration of Churches: The Writing of the Latin and Greek Alphabets on the Church Pavement The traditional ceremonies associated with the consecration of churches have always spawned a great deal of interest, no doubt in part for their relative rarity, but also because of their particular antiquity, symbolism and majesty. Like the ceremonies of Holy Week, they l…

Some Works from the Museo del Tesoro del Duomo Vigevano

Some Works from the Museo del Tesoro del Duomo Vigevano Our good friend Nicola de Grandi tipped us off to a recent visit he made to the Museo del Tesoro del Duomo Vigevano where he took some photos of a unique early 18th century chasuble that bears the image of a sainted bishop.  Unfortunately I have little in the way of inform…

A Liturgical Rarity: Rose Pontifical Sandals

A Liturgical Rarity: Rose Pontifical Sandals By now many of our readers will be familiar with the pontifical sandal . As sandals are particular to the liturgical colour of the day, these are seen in white, red, green and violet. The only liturgical colour excluded is black.  Nainfa in Costume of Prelates comments acco…

The Beautiful Madonna of Wrocław

The Beautiful Madonna of Wrocław Quality in any of the liturgical arts is of paramount importance, but one area I have frequently touched upon in this regard is the area of sculpture -- quite likely because there have been so many examples of those that have been poorly and/or sentimentally done in this p…