Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sung Mass in Virginia Showcases Beautiful Gothic Revival Commissioned Vestments

One of our readers sent in photos from a recent Sung Mass (usus antiquior) at St. Mary's in Alexandria, Virginia, on the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption.

I particularly wanted to bring your attention to it because of the excellent vestments, which goes along with the recent NLM post about a revival in the liturgical arts. The vestments were designed by Gardiner Hall Inc. and include an antique French embroidery of the BVM, embroidered fleur de lys on Fairford damask orphreys, and a base fabric of Watts Crevelli Brocatelle. The tailoring and orphrey embroidery were done by Hayes and Finch, Liverpool and the set was custom sized for the celebrant, Rev. John De Celle.

Beautiful work, and again, one of the model forms of edifying gothic revival vestments for priests to consider when they are seeking out, or better, commissioning vestments.

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