New Vestments by Fiducia Tantum

The Church has always been the guardian of all the riches of its own inner life and remains the bearer of a sacred tradition.  This is manifestly seen through beautiful vestments reserved for exclusive use at the altar.  The apostolate of making verily beautiful vestments is a rare thing today in most parts of the world, generally thought to be a lost art.  That being said, there are signs of increasing hope.  

Sartoria Ecclesiastica "Fiducia Tantum" is a new up-and-coming tailor located in Albano, just outside of Rome, nestled in the wine-making hills of the Castelli Romani. The name of the proprietor is Eduardo Montecalvo, a young artist who is making a name for himself as one of the best designer tailors in the business.  The photos illustrate a set of Lenten vestments commissioned for FSSP in Urbe, the FSSP parish in the Diocese of Rome.  They were used for the first time this Ash Wednesday.  The set is made in the Roman tradition with folded chasubles.

The finished product displays the coat-of-arms of the FSSP parish in Rome, Santissima Trinita' dei Pellegrini, seen below in detail.  

Reproducing beautiful vestments is a constituent part of Catholic tradition, a distinctive part of the nature and mission of each generation of Catholics.  It warms the heart to see these traditions being preserved and fostered.  Making quality vestments is an important obligation, a vocation that must be cultivated and encouraged among the laity and nuns, preserving and passing on to the new generation the best know-how and technique from the old world, traditions that date back to the temple worship of the Old Testament (cf. Leviticus 16:24). 


The "folded chasuble," a familiar sight for centuries in collegiate churches and other chapels throughout the Catholic world.  

The broad stole of the deacon

Thus the modern historical consciousness of reviving beautiful vestment making is a fruit of Christian tradition and Christian culture, taking the best of the achievements of ancient civilization and previous centuries of development.  In some ways beautiful vestments echo the history of the Church - they have been both guest and exile, mistress and martyr.  Meanwhile, the Church continues to work for beauty in the liturgy, the mission to carry on the work of divine restoration and regeneration, which is the true end of history.  

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