Altar Cards for the Requiem Mass

Altar Cards for the Requiem Mass This is a newly completed set of altar cards with prayers for the Requiem Mass. The borders and illustrations I drew in ink on paper; the text is set in a typeface that I designed myself.  I imitated the style of printed books from the 15th century, and from the 19th century…

The Saint Anne Parish Hymnal for English & Spanish Speaking Congregations

The Saint Anne Parish Hymnal for English & Spanish Speaking Congregations The St. Anne Hymnal is a compilation of simple traditional Catholic liturgical hymns that can be used throughout the year.  It is especially designed for bi-lingual parish communities, as it includes hymns for both English and Spanish speaking congregations.  The hymnal was…

New Baroque Frame Unveiled in Habsburg Tradition

New Baroque Frame Unveiled in Habsburg Tradition  Over recent decades parishioners at the church of Saint Agnes in St. Paul, Minnesota have developed a special devotion to the famous Divine Mercy image as well as the Diary of Saint Faustina and the Chaplet and Novena of Divine Mercy.  For some years now this familiar image…

Before and After: Thomas Aquinas College East Coast Chapel

Before and After: Thomas Aquinas College East Coast Chapel More good news from Thomas Aquinas College (TAC), keepers of a great intellectual heritage as one of the world's premier Catholic liberal arts colleges.  Their recently acquired New England campus chapel has gone through a significant renovation that gives it a distinct…

Paschal Candle for a Double Dominican Jubilee

Paschal Candle for a Double Dominican Jubilee 2021 is a Jubilee year for the Dominican Order and for our English Dominican Province. For in 1221, our holy father Saint Dominic sent a band of preaching brothers to England, and they set out from the university town of Bologna to the university town of Oxford. On the day …

The Oratory of Saints Gregory & Augustine: An Archdiocesan "Latin Mass" Parish Success Story

The Oratory of Saints Gregory & Augustine: An Archdiocesan "Latin Mass" Parish Success Story The Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri is a unique parish community and a truly inspiring place to visit.  It was formally established by Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke (later Cardinal) when he was Archbishop of St. Louis in 2007. …

Cathedra of the Manila Cathedral Restored

Cathedra of the Manila Cathedral Restored The post-World War II  cathedra of the Cathedral of Manila was recently restored.  The chair is a symbol of ecclesiastical dignity, rank and office.  It is the seat at which the bishop officiates solemnly in his own diocese.  The throne consists of three parts, namely, the p…

New Spanish Style Vestment Set from Pluriarte in Spain

New Spanish Style Vestment Set from Pluriarte in Spain The sacred arts are alive and well at the Cathedral of the Holy Rosary in downtown Vancouver, Canada.  The following photos are from a sung Mass celebrated on the feast of the Annunciation.  The Spanish style vestments show influences from the (Hispano) Mozarabic rite.  The…

The Holy Sepulchre Chapel at Freiburg Münster

The Holy Sepulchre Chapel at Freiburg Münster The Cathedral of the German city of Freiburg im Breisgau conserves a particularly interesting piece of medieval holy week heritage. Built around 1330, the Heiliggrabkapelle can be found on the epistle side of the Cathedral, within the last bay before the transept. The exter…

The Napoleon III Pontifical Set

The Napoleon III Pontifical Set We have had the pleasure of presenting some of this set before, but today we are pleased to be able to provide some further details of the set than have previously been shown here or elsewhere. The set in question was a gift of the Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte III (1808-1873…

Good Friday Processions in Jerusalem: The Station of the Holy Women

Good Friday Processions in Jerusalem: The Station of the Holy Women Good Friday processions draw many Christians to the holiest shrine in the world, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  Good Friday generally happens twice per year, with one Good Friday reserved for Catholics who follow the Gregorian calendar and another for the E…

The Penitential Symbolism of the Train and Cappa Magna

The Penitential Symbolism of the Train and Cappa Magna In today’s day and age, whenever one comes upon images of prelates using the Cappa Magna, the comments will commonly include words like luxury, pomp, magnificence, dignity, vanity… It seems that in our common imagination extra long pieces of clothing have become a symbol of…

The Ciborium Veil Seen on Holy Thursday

The Ciborium Veil Seen on Holy Thursday Sacred objects have always been veiled, evidenced in various cultures throughout the history of the world.  From the most ancient times, in both the Latin and Eastern churches,  ciboria  have been veiled.  This is a universal Catholic custom.  In some ways the ciborium veil a…