Nineteenth Century France's Iconic Style: Revived

Nineteenth Century France's Iconic Style: Revived Vestment design has seen many iterations over the centuries and two of the most popular styles, not simply for embroidered works but overall, remain the Italian tradition as represented through the 17th-19th centuries and the French tradition of the 19th century.  We have fr…

Learning to Serve: A Book for New Altar Boys by St. Augustine Academy Press

Learning to Serve: A Book for New Altar Boys by St. Augustine Academy Press Teaching liturgical arts to children has never been more important.  I have been asked to review this fine book, Learning to Serve by Fr. Charles Carmody.  Such a delightful little gem - written specifically for new altar boys who serve the Extraordinary Form of the Roman R…

New Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary & Joseph in Fairfield, Pennsylvania

New Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary & Joseph in Fairfield, Pennsylvania Many readers will be happy to know progress is being made with the construction of the new traditional Carmel in Fairfield, Pennsylvania (near the historic Catholic town of Emmitsburg, Maryland).  The monastery is set up as a cloistered convent for Carmelite nuns, a foundat…

Liturgical Arts Alive and Well in Croatia

Liturgical Arts Alive and Well in Croatia Photos: Tradicionalna Misa on Facebook Thankfully the liturgical arts are flourishing in Croatia, a venerable Catholic country that borders Italy.  Croatia is the land of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, who was born there in the Roman province of Dalmatia (and buried in th…

Madonna and Child Statue in Vancouver Cathedral by Granda Liturgical Arts

Madonna and Child Statue in Vancouver Cathedral by Granda Liturgical Arts Photos: OC-Travel The lady altar of Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver showcases an exquisite Spanish polychrome and gilded wood sculpture of the Madonna and Child that is definitely worth a mention.  The statue is a creation from Granda in Spain, so impressive that for some…

Woodcarved Crozier in Neo-Gothic Style by Catholic Wood Carver Paul Sirba

Woodcarved Crozier in Neo-Gothic Style by Catholic Wood Carver Paul Sirba Photo: OC-Travel As everyone knows, the crozier ( baculus pastoralis ) is a hooked staff carried by bishops and abbots, symbolic of their pastoral office.  It was originally carried by shepherds to lead and direct the flock entrusted to their care and to rescue lost sheep by …

Italian Wall Tapestries for Church Furnishing and Decoration

Italian Wall Tapestries for Church Furnishing and Decoration Photos: OC-Travel Wall hangings can greatly enrich the interior decor of a church.  As I have traveled Europe in recent years I have seen some amazing new tapestries for sale, made almost exclusively by computers that automate time-honored pattering in places like Flanders a…

The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral

The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral Cologne became one of Europe’s prime pilgrimage destinations in the 12 th century, when Emperor Frederick Barbarossa gave the relics of the Three Kings to Cologne Archbishop Rainald von Dassel. The Emperor had just appropriated them after besieging the city of Milan, where t…

Customs and Traditions: The Boy Bishop

Customs and Traditions: The Boy Bishop The colorful medieval tradition of the boy bishop was once popular all over Europe and even in the Americas. Over the centuries, it was progressively abandoned until its revival in recent years. It's interpretation and symbolism are varied, but the best accepted theory …

King Richard's Workshop: Preview of Some Newly Carved Stations of the Cross

King Richard's Workshop: Preview of Some Newly Carved Stations of the Cross K ing Richard's Liturgical Design & Contracting recently unveiled a new set of carved Stations of the Cross they produced for a high school chapel within the United States.  The final result is quite spectacular as I am sure you will agree.  The final result is always…