The Liturgical Scholar: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

The Liturgical Scholar: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski After a long winter the Catholic Church is again producing a new generation of intellectuals.  It has been an enjoyable experience to watch the emergence of these great minds and loyal sons of the Church such as Dr. Roberto de Mattei, Fr. Z and Dr. Peter Kwasniewski.  I ha…

Iconographer Vladimir Grygorenko

Iconographer Vladimir Grygorenko While our focus here on LAJ has been substantially oriented toward the Latin rite, the liturgical arts of the Christian East have always been a matter of great interest and, as such, I was pleased to hear from Subdeacon Vladimir Grygorenko , a Ukrainian iconographer in the …

Venetian Lace Vestments of the Later 17th Century

Venetian Lace Vestments of the Later 17th Century The following vestment was made in Venice between 1670-695 and comes from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  What makes this particular chasuble of interest is that it utilizes lace, rather than embroidery or brocaded fabrics, as its means of prim…

The Draping of the Prie-Dieu of a Prelate in Roman Usage

The Draping of the Prie-Dieu of a Prelate in Roman Usage In John Abel Nainfa's authoritative work, Costume of Prelates of the Catholic Church According to Roman Etiquette , he discusses the broad use of heraldry where prelates are concerned, including its use on anything that "is fit to receive such a decoration -- his p…

Violet and Rose Chasubles from Piedmont

Violet and Rose Chasubles from Piedmont The following are a selection of vestments from the Piedmont, a northwestern region of Italy that borders France and Switzerland. Given that Advent is now quickly coming upon us, I wished to make the focus violet and rose chasubles, ranging from the later 17th century throu…

An Early Eighteenth Century Chasuble from the Cathedral of Seville

An Early Eighteenth Century Chasuble from the Cathedral of Seville One of our readers send in the following photos and while I do not have a great deal of information to offer you about this particular chasuble, what I can tell you is that it comes from collection of Cathedral of Seville and dates from the first decade of the 18th century…

A New Reliquary for St. Bernadette by Granda Liturgical Arts

A New Reliquary for St. Bernadette by Granda Liturgical Arts While most of the incorrupt body of the visionary of Lourdes is venerated at the Convent of St-Gildard in Nevers, when the body was examined in 1925 in anticipation of her beatification, some relics were taken to Lourdes. A magnificent neo-romanesque reliquary chasse was c…

Prelatial Dress of the Religious Orders: The Carmelites

Prelatial Dress of the Religious Orders: The Carmelites In our previous instalments in our series on the  Prelatial Dress of the Religious Orders , we looked at the Franciscans and Benedictines and today we turn our attention to the Carmelites.  As in the case of the previous two religious orders, Carmelite prelates continued to …

Jouques Convent in France Deserves Praise

Jouques Convent in France Deserves Praise  One popular more traditional convent in France that deserves more recognition is the Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame-de-la-Fidelite, also known as Jouques Abbey .  Recently I had the pleasure to visit here while leading a group of pilgrims from the US, Canada and Australia.…

The Octave of All Saints in the Pre-1955 Roman Liturgical Books

The Octave of All Saints in the Pre-1955 Roman Liturgical Books In a recent article , I discussed the 1955 liturgical changes that abolished the Vigil of All Hallows Eve and downgraded the Triduum to -- as I’ve long conceived it anyway -- a pair of adjacent but jarringly different feasts. Hallowtide was, in fact, truncated at both ends i…