Before and After: St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster, Ohio

Before and After: St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster, Ohio In another continuation of our ever popular 'before and after' series, we turn to the parish church of St Mary of the Assumption located in Lancaster, Ohio . The project was executed by William Heyer Architect  who are based out of Columbus, Ohio -- and longtime LAJ …

Pope St. Pius X's Gift to His Childhood Parish

Pope St. Pius X's Gift to His Childhood Parish Recently while on pilgrimage in the North of Italy I had the privilege to visit - for the second time in my life - the home town of Pope St. Pius X.  This small little village is called today Riese Pio X (formerly known as Riese).  It is located in the middle of nowhere in…

Red Pontifical Set from Faenza-Modigliana (1700-1750)

Red Pontifical Set from Faenza-Modigliana (1700-1750) The following pieces are taken from a pontifical set from the diocese of Faenza-Modigliana in northern part of Italy and are dated to sometime in the first half of the 18th century.  The set includes all the component parts for a pontifical set, including the gremial, and …

TLM Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Z: Highlights of the Missale Votivum Terrae Sanctae of 1898

TLM Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Z: Highlights of the Missale Votivum Terrae Sanctae of 1898 Over the centuries countless Latin Rite pilgrims have made the journey to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Christ while praying special Votive Masses at the holy sites associated with the life of Our Blessed Lord.  Pictured here above is the Votive Mass of Christm…

Tassels on Dalmatics and Tunics - Some Historical and Stylistic Considerations

Tassels on Dalmatics and Tunics - Some Historical and Stylistic Considerations The topic of tassels on dalmatics and tunicles is one of those subjects that arises from time to time often accompanied by questions such as, "What is their purpose? How are they to be worn?" From any research I've done on this subject, very little is documen…

Custom Gammarelli Vestment with Baroque Coat-of-Arms

Custom Gammarelli Vestment with Baroque Coat-of-Arms Recently while attending an FSSP Confirmation I was impressed to see this new green set of Roman vestments at the church of St. Anthony in Calgary, Canada.  In an age when many ecclesiastical vestments have ceased to reflect the intense mystery, august splendor and importa…

Other Modern: Christ the King Church (Kristus Konungen) in Gothenburg, Sweden

Other Modern: Christ the King Church (Kristus Konungen) in Gothenburg, Sweden Touching back upon our occasional series, The Other Modern , which focuses upon modern styles of liturgical art and architecture that are characterized by some deeper connection with the classical tradition (or to put it another way, "modernity" rather than "…

A Rare Sight: The Silver Chasuble

A Rare Sight: The Silver Chasuble It is always interesting to see contemporary styles and techniques that embrace ancient canons of composition and elegance.  I have so say how impressed I was to be shown this unique silver chasuble, depicted on a Norbertine priest in California.  This work is the creation…

A Pontifical Requiem Mass in Kentucky

A Pontifical Requiem Mass in Kentucky It has been a little while since we have done a pure photo-post and one of our readers has sent in the following a few days ago: On October 26, The Most Rev. Roger J. Foys of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky celebrated a Requiem Mass and Entombment for +Camillus Paul Mae…

The Subdued Joy of Gaudete Sunday

The Subdued Joy of Gaudete Sunday Gaudete in Domino!  Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, is upon us.  Also known as "Rejoice" Sunday, this word is taken from the opening words of the Introit [my translation]: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.  Let your moderation be…

Blessings for the Nativity and the Christmas Tree

Blessings for the Nativity and the Christmas Tree Christmas in our family and among our aunts and uncles in the suburbs of Philadelphia was an intriguing fusion. Each of our relatives’ houses had a prominent and very American Christmas tree in the living room, decked out in ornaments and lights. But beneath the trees there…

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Method for Teaching the Sacred Liturgy

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Method for Teaching the Sacred Liturgy With the steady patience of a mother and father, the spirit of the Christian worshipper must be taught in the household of the Church to kids from the earliest age.  This is a lifelong intellectual pursuit that begins ideally in pre-school.  Those redeemed by the blood of …

16th-17th Century Pontifical Vestments from the Sistine Chapel

16th-17th Century Pontifical Vestments from the Sistine Chapel On a recent visit to the Sistine Chapel I came across this rather splendid set of vestments.  The set is, not surprisingly, a solemn pontifical set, complete with chasuble, cope, dalmatic and tunicle -- and also an antependium. Regrettably, very little information was prov…

Before and After: All Saints FSSP Parish in Minneapolis

Before and After: All Saints FSSP Parish in Minneapolis On August 15, 1916, the Church of All Saints in Northeast Minneapolis came into being by decree of Archbishop John Ireland of the Diocese of St. Paul.  The parish was carved out for the Polish-speaking community in the historically Catholic neighborhood located on the uppe…

Some Contemporary Marian-Inspired Vestments in Blue and in White

Some Contemporary Marian-Inspired Vestments in Blue and in White The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary frequently brings up the matter of the privilege of liturgical blue. Blue, as a liturgical privilege, frequently turns up at this time in relation to Spain and her traditional colonies, though it historicall…

The Traditional (Pre-1917) Advent Fast in the USA

The Traditional (Pre-1917) Advent Fast in the USA That Advent is a penitential season is generally well known, and many also know that it was, traditionally, a season for fasting—although the specifics of the fast are hazy for most modern Catholics, probably because it was removed as an obligation in 1917, effectively befo…

The Basilica of Santa Sabina: Origins and Transformations.

The Basilica of Santa Sabina: Origins and Transformations. The present appearance of the church is that envisioned and materialized by architect Antonio Munoz, who was successively superintendent for monuments and inspector general of antiquities and fine arts of Rome. Munoz’s goal was to restore the basilica to what he believed w…

Saving Catholic Artistic Heritage: Via Matris at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago

Saving Catholic Artistic Heritage: Via Matris at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago "Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease, for the virgin daughter is smitten with a great wound” (Jer 14:17) Pilgrims who visit the Basilica of Our Lady Sorrows and the National Shrine of St. Peregine in Chicago can have a special joy of p…

Altar Statues of the Cathedral of Monreale by Luigi Valadier

Altar Statues of the Cathedral of Monreale by Luigi Valadier For those fortunate enough to find themselves in Rome during the next couple of months, the Villa Borghese hosts, until February 2nd, the exhibition Luigi Valadier: Splendor in eighteenth century Rome . The same spectacular pieces were displayed last year at the Frick Colle…

Teaching Kids the Roman Rite: My Book of the Church's Year

Teaching Kids the Roman Rite: My Book of the Church's Year It brings great joy to know that this wonderful childrens' book has been re-printed and is available in time for Christmas shoppers.  I highly recommend this treasure for kids of all ages.  It was originally published in 1948 and this facsimile edition was published in…