Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Rare Sight: A Conical Rose Chasuble

While Laetare Sunday has come and gone, I could not help but share these images -- photographed by the NLM's own Br. Lawrence Lew, O.P. -- of a very rare sight indeed. Not only the incredibly beautiful church of St. Birinius in Dorchester-on-Thames, with its wonderful rood screen, riddle posts and curtains, and painted ceilings, but also a conical chasuble.

Now conical chasubles are rare enough to see, all things considered, but the sight of a conical rose chasuble is virtually unheard of:

Laetare Mass in Dorchester

Rose in Dorchester

The conical vestment originally came from Pluscarden Abbey and the priest is Fr. John Osman, the parish priest of St. Birinius.

Quite stunning all around.

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