A few comments on the photos below. I am wearing a gold chasuble and the deacons matching dalmatics that have been in the parish since the 1950's if not before. When I was a transitional deacon at St. Peter Claver Church here in Macon (historically African-American parish) from January of 1980 to August, I was asked by our then bishop, Bishop Raymond Lessard, (God rest his soul, he died in early February) to bring the gold chasuble and dalmatics from Saint Joseph to the Cathedral in Savannah for my ordination on June 7, 1980. Thus Bishop Lessard ordained three of us, Father John Lyons, Father Tom Campbell (RIP) and me as he wore this gold chasuble and the two deacons, Deacon Don McArdle and Deacon George White (RIP)wore the dalmatics.
So I decided to wear it last night to remember Bishop Raymond Lessard, his priesthood and mine and the other two. If not for Bishop Lessard bringing me to Savannah in 1985 and keeping me at the Cathedral as Associate pastor, Master of Ceremonies, Director of Liturgy and Vocation Director and mentoring me out of my more progressive, silly 1970's ways, I don't know who or where the hell I would be today!
Please note too my personal chalice, a gift from my parents but a very 1970's chalice. It has Jesus Christ surrounded by the 12 Apostles on it, all of whom have halos including Judas!!!!! And one knows it is Judas because he has the money sack in hand. Now you would think that the designer of the chalice who knew to place the money bag in his hand would have known not to place a halo! But deep down I pray that poor old Judas repented at the point of death and Jesus on Holy Saturday when He descended into hell released him along with Adam and Eve and the other Old Testament figures.
We washed 6 person's feet as a tribute to Bishop Lessard who would only wash six feet, men or women from the 1970's onward because he wanted to make clear they did not represent the Apostles or the first priests of the Church--a wonderful solution to the tension of washing the feet of 12 mixed gendered feet!
The Mass of wonderful as was the music! Apart from a festive English Gloria, the other parts were in Latin to include the "Per Ipsum" and "Ecce Agnus Dei!"
Thanks to Dr. Buck Melton who is so good at taking these!