The way we can be….
After our Ancient Usage Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, parishioners were blessed with our first class relic of the Holy Cross.
Beautiful! Nice vestment. What style is that?
It is a true Roman cut which is fuller than the typical "fiddle-back" vestment.
Interesting article on the many variations of vestment design here:https://www.liturgicalartsjournal.com/2020/06/four-continental-variations-on-roman.html
Ahh. Some of those in front of you and how it was folding itself threw me a bit. Much better than the postage stamp "fiddle-back" style, some of which can look like a non-vestment vestment.
The different styles and fabrics of the various Roman cut vestments is interesting. What is so sad about the reforms of the past 50 years is the complete abandonment of these kinds of beautiful vestments for BLAH! Just look at what Pope Francis wears and compare it to the Byzantine vestments of the bishops and priests of the Eastern Rite. They have maintained their "t"raditions in this regard.The Latin Rite's self-loathing of our inherited beauty of the pre-Vatican II era is stunning and rivals the iconoclasm the East suffered in its first 1000 years. Sad indeed.
Variations in taste aren't the result of self-loathing, Fr. ALLAN McD. Sheesh....Simplicity isn't necessarily, or to everyone for that matter, "blah."There is as much appeal and beauty in very simple, almost spare, Japanese ikebana flower arrangements as in the massive, multi-bloom arrangements some prefer."More" isn't always "better." And sometimes "more" leaps into the category of gaudy and ostentatious.
I like the gold tape-trimmed detailing. My problem with most "modern" vestments is that they are usually polyester and usually don't have the orphreys, galoons, or gold tape trims and rich fabrics that the more ancient or traditional styles feature. The Eastern vestments also retain their nice traditional details and coloring. Strictly in terms of color and taste, I only wear traditional silk repp regimental, club or "school" neckties because I like the cloth texture (ribbed silk) with deep reds, maroons, hunter green, navy, etc. accented or alternated (in the striping) with gold or yellow colors. In the same way, I like the gold taping setting off the main liturgical color in vestments, whether it is red, green, violet, white, rose or black---just my two cent's worth!
I recall our parish spending a small fortune in the 1960s on new vestments so they could look “humble.”
To TJM's point, I don't think you can get much more humble than a plain alb and the mute detail of the textiles making up this vestment set. It's simple and noble - without question appropriate for the dignified celebration of the liturgy. At least to me, no unnecessary add-ons like excessive length, bulk, non-traditional looking symbolism and collars.
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