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 Philippines -- which may explain the mixture of elements seen here; the shape of the cross is very French while the red textile is itself more oriental. These elements have been combined quite well and the dove is particularly striking and in good proportions to the overall design. The surrounding designs likewise add just enough detail to both harmonize with the red silk textile while still making it stand out from it. (This isn't as easy to accomplish as one might think.)

This next chasuble is a new work located in the United Kingdom. The overall design influence is that of the early gothic revival and utilizes Watts and Co.'s "Pentecost" brocade. The combination of this  and the ophrey -- with its blues, reds and golds -- works very well. together. One of the nicest examples of contemporary vestment work today.

Not specific to Pentecost, but I wished to share this beautiful red dalmatic next. The composition of the piece would make me guess that this is likely Spanish in origin.  It also points to something of interest: one might think that larger patterns like these would be best suited to more ample vestments but in point of fact the opposite is very often found to be true.

Finally, I debated showing this next chasuble since we have written on here before but it is simply too apropos to our considerations here today to not do so. It is G.F. Bodley's Pentecost chasuble. If you see a similarity between this chasuble and that which we showed just above, you would be correct; Watts & Co. were involved with the execution of both.  This particular chasuble is representative of the very top tier of early gothic revival vestment work. A masterpiece.

If you'd like to see more, here is our post, Some Pentecost Themed Vestments, from last year.

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