Further Examples of Coverings for Liturgical Books

Further Examples of Coverings for Liturgical Books We have spoken here before of the lost art of the liturgical book coverings  and today I am pleased to be able to present a few more examples, all taken from the diocese of Savona in Liguria. Liturgical book coverings function much in the way antependia do insofar as they &#…

Dominican Rite Altar Cards

Dominican Rite Altar Cards Recently I was privileged to attend Mass at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. It was good news to hear the ancient Dominican Rite is flourishing and continues to make a comeback on this side of the pond. I was further impressed to see these very interesting…

Before and After: Ss. Cyril and Methodius in East Helena, Montana

Before and After: Ss. Cyril and Methodius in East Helena, Montana [Steve Baker, the principal architect at  Baker Architects LLC  provided LAJ with the following guest article featuring a renovation project their firm completed in the Autumn of 2023 at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church located in East Helena, Montana.]

A Brief History of Liturgical Colours

A Brief History of Liturgical Colours To understand the evolution of liturgical colours, one first has to understand some basics about the evolution of sacred vestments themselves. Vestments originate from Roman civil dress and in paleochristian times this was simply attached to the notion of reserving one's…

The Ottoman Cope of the Basilica of Gandino

The Ottoman Cope of the Basilica of Gandino On February 21, 2021, our friend and colleague Lucas Viar wrote an article on the sixteenth century  Condestable cope  -- a vestment in the possession of Burgos Cathedral in Spain and a very good example of the use of a Moorish, Islamic-influenced textile within vestment desi…

A Florentine Cope From the Sixteenth Century

A Florentine Cope From the Sixteenth Century With the great feast of Pentecost now upon us, what better time to show this elegant, ornamental red cope. This particular cope is Florentine in manufacture and is dated to the sixteenth century; specifically the last quarter of the sixteenth century, sitting somewhere betw…

The Cappa Parva of Mons. Petrus Canisius Jean van Lierde: Prefect of the Papal Sacristy

The Cappa Parva of Mons. Petrus Canisius Jean van Lierde: Prefect of the Papal Sacristy In old photos of papal liturgies the figure of the Dutch Augustinian Monsignor Pietro C. van Lierde, OSA (1907-1995) stands out. He is often seen, vested in black and holding a tall lit candle. Bishop van Lierde was an Augustinian friar ordained in 1931, a member of the Ord…

A Processional Cross from the Year 1545

A Processional Cross from the Year 1545 Today I thought we'd take a quick look at a processional cross that was made in the year 1545. This particular cross is gilded in silver and includes decoration on both the front and back sides. On the front side we find a typical, traditional crucifixion setting, with …

The Curious Zucchetto of Pope Pius VI

The Curious Zucchetto of Pope Pius VI Most everyone has seen a zucchetto (whether they know it or not). It is the skullcap worn by popes and prelates, as well as by some other clerics, monastics and mendicants. The official name for this item of vesture is actually a "pileolus." The custom of wearing o…

A New Marian Crown Crafted in Malta

A New Marian Crown Crafted in Malta With today being the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we'd like to share today a new ornamental crown that has been designed for the same by the Maltese artist, Gabriel Farrugia. First, some background about the artist.

The Clementine Chapel of the Vatican Basilica (La Clementina)

The Clementine Chapel of the Vatican Basilica (La Clementina) One of my favorite places to visit in the Christian world is the Clementine Chapel of the Vatican Basilica. Here visitors are immersed in the gilded Baroque splendor of the basement crypt of St. Peter's Basilica, where the Blessed Apostle Peter is buried. This chapel is…

The Papal Court: Prince Assistants to the Papal Throne (Principe Assistente al Soglio Pontificio)

The Papal Court: Prince Assistants to the Papal Throne (Principe Assistente al Soglio Pontificio) The man in the impressive uniform here is Principe Aspreno II Colonna (1916-1987), Prince of Paliano (a town east of Rome) and First Prince Assistant to the Papal Throne. He was the last of two Princes who held the hereditary role of "Prince Assistant to the Papal Thro…

The Reredos of St Joseph's Church, Stanley, Durham

The Reredos of St Joseph's Church, Stanley, Durham Few things can be more beautiful than a well crafted, carved wooden reredos, especially in the gothic style and the reredos of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stanley in the United Kingdom is certainly no exception to this.  While the rest of the church is fairly typica…

The Sixteenth Century Marian Cope of Joan de Terès, Archbishop of Tarragona, Spain

The Sixteenth Century Marian Cope of  Joan de Terès, Archbishop of Tarragona, Spain The month of May is the month of Mary, and what better time to share this splendid cope, dated to the period of 1587-1603. We know that dating in part because we know for whom it was commissioned: Joan de Terès, Archbishop of Tarragona, Spain.  The overall shape of the cope …

Santa Maria Reina de la Familia by Estudio Urbano (Cayalá, Guatemala)

Santa Maria Reina de la Familia by Estudio Urbano (Cayalá, Guatemala) In 2022 this beautiful new church of Santa María Reina de la Familia (Holy Mary Queen of the Family) was dedicated in Ciudad Cayalá, a new urban quarter of Guatemala. It was 14 years in the making from the first sketch in 2008 to the final completion. Needless to say, the d…

Apparelled Amice from Solemnis in Poland

Apparelled Amice from Solemnis in Poland Apparel on an amice or alb is a rare sight in most parts of the world. It brings to mind the vestments of the Middle-Ages, still seen today in some places such as England, Spain or Australia. For many Catholics it is most commonly seen in the Anglican Ordinariate, with infl…

The Corporal of the Rite of Lyon

The Corporal of the Rite of Lyon The Archdiocese of Lyon, the Prima Sedes Galliarum , has a very ancient particular liturgy, the Rite of Lyon ( Rite Lyonnais ). This immemorial rite, a variant of the Roman Rite, dates from around the Carolingian period (8th-9th century). It comes in direct line from Rome. Thi…

The Remains of the Basilica of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum

The Remains of the Basilica of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum Since we spent some time showing you the old basilica of "Snnta Maria Nova" (now known as Santa Francesca Romana), we may as well show you the other side of that coin (so to speak): Santa Maria Antiqua -- or "Old St. Mary's" as we would tend to say i…