Madonnas and Saints in the Cuzqueño Style of the Spanish Colonial Missions

Madonnas and Saints in the Cuzqueño Style of the Spanish Colonial Missions To conclude our present considerations of the Latin American style of sacred art called "cuzqueño," in our previous article we focused on the unique presentation of the muzzle-toting angel arcabucero  and today we now turn our attention to Christ, the Madonna as we…

The Ángel Arcabucero of Colonial Latin America

The Ángel Arcabucero of Colonial Latin America There is a style of sacred art called "cuzqueño" -- so named because it takes its origins from Cuzco (Cusco) nestled in the heart of the Andes in the South American country of Peru. Amongst some of the curiosities of this particular school of sacred art includes mu…

Illustrated Liturgical Year Calendar for Children

Illustrated Liturgical Year Calendar for Children A new illustrated liturgical year calendar is available from Sophia Institute Press .  Each day in the calendar is fully illustrated with the saint, feast or feria of that day. Themes from the breviary and from Dom Gueranger's  The Liturgical Year are woven throughout the…

Atypical Colour Combinations Seen in Historical Vestments

Atypical Colour Combinations Seen in Historical Vestments There is a kind of unofficial "canon" that has developed in the design of vestments. For example, very frequently one will see gold or silver orphreys paired with any and every liturgical colour. Black, green, red, white or violet with gold orphrey columns or broa…

A Spectacular Sixteenth Century Chasuble from Trent

A Spectacular Sixteenth Century Chasuble from Trent While the shape is clearly of later vintage, the main substance of this particular chasuble is dated to 1524-1574. The chasuble is compromised of a stunning Turkish velvet that incorporates winding branches with pomegranate leaves and fruits. Set on top of this backdrop is …

Before and After: St. Joseph's Chapel at St. Dominic's Parish in Brick, New Jersey

Before and After: St. Joseph's Chapel at St. Dominic's Parish in Brick, New Jersey We are pleased to present yet another installment in our ever popular 'before and after' series which considers the restoration or renovation of existing chapels to bring them back into greater alignment with the classical liturgical tradition. Today we turn to a pr…

Thirteen Ideas for Restoring the Catholic Roots of Halloween

Thirteen Ideas for Restoring the Catholic Roots of Halloween In my previous articles on the liturgical roots of Halloween, I have examined some of the customs of the Vigil and how they might be adapted to the present day. This year, I thought it might be useful to distill these disparate musings into a convenient list of ways that in…

The Duomo di Sassari: Cattedrale di San Nicola

The Duomo di Sassari: Cattedrale di San Nicola Continuing on with our consideration of some of the lesser seen cathedrals of Italy, we turn toward the Duomo of Sassari, located on the island of Sardegna. The cathedral itself finds its origins within the twelfth century, built originally in the Romanesque style but later…

Notes on the Liturgical Ornaments of the Cistercian Rite (Missale Cisterciense)

Notes on the Liturgical Ornaments of the Cistercian Rite (Missale Cisterciense) Recently I came across a few new images of the Cisterican rite and it prompted me to reach back to a few old images I also had and felt it might be an opportune time to provide some brief notes on this particular liturgical usage with a specific focus on its liturgical orna…

Another Case Study in the Influence of Candles and Candlesticks on the Harmony and Proportions of Altars

Another Case Study in the Influence of Candles and Candlesticks on the Harmony and Proportions of Altars On various occasions I've made reference to the importance of candles and candlesticks, both as a means of providing a sense of "verticality" to and also a way of emphasizing the high altar. In addition, for altars where there is a ciborium magnum or a grand r…

On the Impressive Ceremonies of the Latin Mass (Usus Antiquior)

On the Impressive Ceremonies of the Latin Mass (Usus Antiquior) I recently authored an article for the inaugural of the new TAN Books blog that I am editing, an online journal known as TAN Direction .  Below is the first part of the article, with a link to the remaining paragraphs, that I would like to share with readers.  The gist of th…

The Novelty of the "Ecclesiastical Textile"

The Novelty of the "Ecclesiastical Textile" It can be very difficult to see beyond one's own era. The only way to combat it is by way of familiarity with history. One example of this that I constantly come across is that many, shaped and familiar mainly with vestural expressions of the past century or so, have co…

Announcing: New TAN Books Blog "TAN Direction"

Announcing: New TAN Books Blog "TAN Direction" "Embark on a journey, one that will bring before you the writings of great Catholic thinkers, influencers, saints, and future saints including authors of TAN books." TAN Books is launching today a new online journal called  TAN Direction  which will aspire to give re…