The St. Philip Chasuble

The St. Philip Chasuble Only just yesterday we featured a number of our contemporary vestment designers' approaches to the gothic revival and on the very same day the following appeared on Sacra Domus Aurea : a silk chasuble in the sixteenth century Neri cut complete with embroidered orphreys a…

Recent Gothic Revival Vestment Work of Note

Recent Gothic Revival Vestment Work of Note Today I thought we would turn our attention to a few contemporary approaches to the gothic revival in the area of vestment design. To my mind, these represent some of the most successful and interesting approaches in recent memory insofar as they all reclaim some of the mor…

Before and After: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lambertville, New Jersey

Before and After: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lambertville, New Jersey Quite frequently our before and after series features significant architectural renovations. Other renovations don't require quite this level of intervention but do demonstrate the important of colour and decoration in the overall effect. The following, undertaken by wa…

Beautiful New Church Completed: St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, Virginia

Beautiful New Church Completed: St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, Virginia More good news.  St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish , the Dominican chapel under construction in Charlottesville, Virginia (Diocese of Richmond), has at long last been been completed after five years of anticipation.  It was dedicated on Sept. 20 by Bishop Barry Knestout a…

Saint Teresa of Avila's Biretta: A Brief Introduction to the Iconography of St. Teresa of Avila as Doctrix Ecclesia

Saint Teresa of Avila's Biretta:  A Brief Introduction to the Iconography of St. Teresa of Avila as Doctrix Ecclesia It might be shocking to some (in particular those outside of the Hispanic world) to come upon an image of St Teresa wearing the biretta, which generally considered an exclusive item of clerical vesture. We must nevertheless remember that the biretta is the common ancestor o…

Vatican II Peritus Monsignor R.G. Bandas on Dogmatic Principles and Sacred Art

Vatican II Peritus Monsignor R.G. Bandas on Dogmatic Principles and Sacred Art Monsignor Rudolph G. Bandas (1896-1969) was one of the great ones, a loyal and orthodox American theologian who attended every session of Vatican Council II as a  peritus  (expert).  He was a member of two commissions during the Council, one on dogma and the other on seminari…

Distinctive Shades of Liturgical Colours in Eighteenth Century Vestment Work

Distinctive Shades of Liturgical Colours in Eighteenth Century Vestment Work Arguably the tastes of the later 19th and 20th centuries combined with the industrialized, catalogued religious goods industry and its novel notion of "ecclesiastical fabrics" contributed (as I have argued before) to a flattening of our perception of liturgical co…

Four Cardinals, Four Violet Chasubles of the Eighteenth Century

Four Cardinals, Four Violet Chasubles of the Eighteenth Century It has been a little while since we last checked in on some historical vestment work so for today I thought it might be of interest to look at four different chasubles, each coming from the eighteenth century, each bearing the arms of a cardinal, and each of a different cha…

St. Joseph's Seminary in North Carolina

St. Joseph's Seminary in North Carolina Perhaps the most exciting building project of the year award goes to St. Joseph's College Seminary in the Diocese of Charlotte. They have done a terrific job.  Hearty congratulations to the diocese and many thanks to everyone who dreamed big and worked hard to make this…

Simplicity Without Iconoclasm: Duncan Stroik Considers the Unintended Repercussions of a Classic of the Liturgical Movement

Simplicity Without Iconoclasm: Duncan Stroik Considers the Unintended Repercussions of a Classic of the Liturgical Movement In the following piece, originally published in the 2013 issue of Sacred Architecture , architect Duncan Stroik consider the merits -- as well the unintended (and arguably undesirable) implications of Geoffrey Webb's work, The Liturgical Altar. It's a work I myself f…

The Renovation of the Chapel of a Carmelite Monastery in Michigan

The Renovation of the Chapel of a Carmelite Monastery in Michigan A little known Carmel of Discalced Carmelites in Traverse City, Michigan (Diocese of Gaylord) is garnering attention among traditional Catholics and young women discerning.  It has an interesting history -- it was founded by nuns who came originally from Mexico, fleeing per…

Before and After (and Before): Santa Maria in Cosmedin

Before and After (and Before): Santa Maria in Cosmedin Many of our readers may not be aware that the minor Roman basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, as it is seen today, was not how it looked for the period of about 200 years -- most of the 18th and 19th centuries.  Like so many churches of Rome, the original church facade und…

Maria Hilf Chapel at Church of St. Agnes (Ecclesia Sanctae Agnetis)

Maria Hilf Chapel at Church of St. Agnes (Ecclesia Sanctae Agnetis) The church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, Minnesota is an outstanding parish with the most impressive sacred music program I have seen anywhere in North America.  It is also one of the most beautiful churches in the United States and the most significant of south German baroque …

Some Recent Contemporary Vestment Work

Some Recent Contemporary Vestment Work I thought we should check in with some of our bespoke vestment designers and share some of their recent work. We begin with Sacra Domus Aurea who recently shared this beautiful violet cope. The cope includes beautiful plum coloured velvet inserts with a rich violet and gold …

Catholic Architect Erik Bootsma of TAC & Notre-Dame Offers Online Course on Classical Architecture

Catholic Architect Erik Bootsma of TAC & Notre-Dame Offers Online Course on Classical Architecture During my studium days in Rome I had the opportunity to meet a great many talented young up-and-coming classical architects of the Catholic world.  One of my favorites is Erik Bootsma , a convert to the Catholic Faith who studied in Rome as a Notre-Dame graduate student.  Er…

A Carved Lindenwood Rood - European Craftsmanship Destined For Texas

A Carved Lindenwood Rood - European Craftsmanship Destined For Texas The German litugical art firm, ALBL Oberammergau and, American firm, Gardiner-Hall Associates , have collaborated on a project destined for the new  St. Philip's Catholic Church  in Lewisville, Texas.  Gardiner Hall was chosen by the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas and the pas…