A Spanish Set from Pluriarte Arte Sacro

A Spanish Set from Pluriarte Arte Sacro Today I wished to share a set of vestments designed by Pluriarte who are based out of Spain. Fittingly, we are presenting one of their recent Spanish sets which was commissioned by members of the Institute of Christ the King. Readers will no doubt note the distinctive shap…

Leading the Way in Liturgical Art and Design: Talleres de Arte Granda

Leading the Way in Liturgical Art and Design: Talleres de Arte Granda Recently while on pilgrimage in Madrid I was pleased to meet up with an old friend of mine from studium days in Rome, a very gifted and esteemed Catholic architect by the name of Lucas Viar.  Lucas is doing great things as Artistic Director at Granda , one of the world'…

Saints and Old Testament Righteous of the Canon of the Mass

Saints and Old Testament Righteous of the Canon of the Mass How often does one hear the words of the Roman Canon and not stop to consider the saints whose names are mentioned therein?  Evidently we need no introduction to the Apostles, nor to the Blessed Virgin Mary, nor St. Joseph, however some of the other names that come up may …

Crypt of Westminster Cathedral in London

Crypt of Westminster Cathedral in London Westminster Cathedral in London is the largest Catholic Church in England and Wales and the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster.  It boasts a fascinating crypt, generally not open to the public.  It was a great privilege to visit here and have Mass while on pilgrimage re…

Some Views of Downside Abbey

Some Views of Downside Abbey D ownside Abbey , located in England, is the home of many fine medieval vestments and gothic revival work generally. Recently Fr. Terence Mary Naughtin, OFM Conv., visited the abbey and was able to offer Mass in the following vestments -- a conical chasuble -- and at one of …

Some Ancient Papal Ceremonial as Described by H.V. Morton

Some Ancient Papal Ceremonial as Described by H.V. Morton One of the pioneering travel writers of the twentieth century was H.V. Morton . Morton wrote a significant number of travel works centred in England, Italy, and the Holy Land. In one of those books, In the Steps of St. Paul , Morton provides a rather "atmospheric" …

The Mysteries of the Rosary Illuminated

The Mysteries of the Rosary Illuminated It has been far too long since we've featured some drawing here on LAJ, and what better place to turn than one of LAJ's own writers, Daniel Mitsui . Daniel's work will be familiar to many readers already; he specializes in highly detailed ink drawings known for …

Medieval Dominican Vestments of St. Albert the Great

Medieval Dominican Vestments of St. Albert the Great The following was sent into LAJ by Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. (with the assistance of Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. as well) and shows an exquisite example of medieval vestment work. The set is in blue and contains embroidered images of various saints, including St. Dominic himself…

A Brief Consideration of the Origins of the Maniple

A Brief Consideration of the Origins of the Maniple The maniple is one of those vestments which tends to get a fair bit of attention and interest, in part because it was one of the vestments 'de facto' lost in the post-conciliar liturgical reforms (though, as was famously noted by the Office for the Liturgical Celebr…

On the History and Use of Incense

On the History and Use of Incense Incense is one of those elements of the sacred liturgy that is frequently neglected in contemporary liturgical use. Very often, in typical parishes at least, it use has been mainly reserved for requiems and for the greatest of solemnities -- such as Christmas or Easter -- b…

Further Vestments of Msgr. Gaspare Cantagalli of the Vatican Secretariat of State

Further Vestments of Msgr. Gaspare Cantagalli of the Vatican Secretariat of State Recently we featured a solemn Mass set of Msgr. Gaspare Cantagalli , the one time Vice President of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and today I wished to share a few more of his vestments -- all of which come from the twentieth century. To date, all of the vestments I hav…

The Ossuary Chapel of San Bernardino alle Ossa in Milan

The Ossuary Chapel of San Bernardino alle Ossa in Milan Set in the midst of Milan is the fairly typical looking church of San Bernardino alle Ossa , and while the exterior of the church may not suggest anything particularly unique about it, nestled within it is an ossuary chapel that is quite unique, ornamented as it is with cou…

Solemn Mass Set of Msgr. Gaspare Cantagalli, Vice President of the Vatican Secretariat of State

Solemn Mass Set of Msgr. Gaspare Cantagalli, Vice President of the Vatican Secretariat of State The following is an example of a twentieth century set of vestments of Florentine manufacture coming from the diocese of Faenza-Modigliana in the northern part of Italy. The set bears the arms (stemma) of Monsignor Gaspare Cantagalli who was the Vice President of the Vatic…