Father had his heart set on a particular set of vestments, but didn't have the money to purchase them. The Parish had many commitments and could not justify making such a purchase. But the Parish did buy them and then they were put on display in the Church, with this sign:
These new vestments were recently purchased. When we have raised enough money to pay for them, they will be used at the Altar. Until then, they are only for display.
It didn't take too long for the money to be raised for the vestments to be used for Mass and more besides; in fact, enough for another set to be purchased! The Parish loves the vestments and loves to see Father wearing them for Mass.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Affording costly vestments
Good-quality vestments, especially if they are handmade and use silk fabrics, are quite costly. Indeed, they always have been. Once, I read on a website (I can't remember where it was), a strategy for being able to afford a vestment which seems too expensive. It may be useful for readers. It goes something like this...