Monday, 6 December 2010

On the Immaculate Conception BVM

A young priest in the United States commissioned the Studio to make a set of vestments in the "Borromeon" form, to be used for feasts of the Blessed Virgin. The result is shewn adjacent. This design we have named Regina Coeli.

These vestments are made from a white brocade which features a stylised fleur-de-lis in the form of a Cross. The ornament is formed from a blue and silver damask, outlined with a silver-coloured narrow galloon. The chasuble is lined in peacock-blue dupion silk.

The vestments will be used for the first time on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  Our priest-customer,  for whom we had made vestments previously, contacted us about this vestment:

I would like to take a moment to thank Michael for the truly amazing craftsmanship which goes into each of his vestments. I am currently in the process of trying to reinvigorate the Liturgy at my Parish, to bring back that sense of beauty and awe which many Catholics have unfortunately lost even when they stand in the presence of Jesus Christ Himself. Michael's vestments have added immensely to this undertaking. Comments on these pieces of liturgical art have been completely unexpected, with one parishioner actually stating that seeing the priest in such beautiful vestments allowed them for the first time to have an understanding of priest "in persona Christi" as Christ the King. This particular set of BVM vestments is truly resplendent. It was my honor to celebrate the Sacred Mass in them in honor of Mary our Mother. Make no mistake, beautiful vestments do not make the Mass! Nor should they just be done for "show" or "appearance." However, in my experience they benefit the People of God and allow them to better understand that they stand with the angels and Saints worshipping God every time they pray the Holy Mass.

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