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Month: September 2016

September 30th: St. Jerome

Today, September 30th, we celebrate another great church father, a pillar of our faith. This is the feast day for Saint Jerome, who was born in northern Italy. Jerome was born into a wealthy Christian family circa 342 A.D. at Stridon on the borders of Dalmatia and Pannonia. From the earliest of memories, he recalled being taught the Catholic doctrines. Eventually he renounced the world, his secular career path, and journeyed to Rome to be baptized by the Bishop of Rome – Pope Liberius—sometime before the year 366 A.D.—which is… Read more September 30th: St. Jerome

Lichfield Liturgical Fabric: Reformation Stole and Chasuble

A few days back on Ecclesiastical Sewing, we had a post on matching patterns while working with liturgical vestment fabrics. Once the patterns are matched up on the fabric, the next step is to determine pattern placement on the vestment (IE – those big roses and fleur-de-lis on Lichfield – where will they land once the garment is cut?) This can be another area of concern, and rightly so.  I have made my fair share of  “pattern placement” mistakes over the years.  Pattern or motif placement when working with Ecclesiastical… Read more Lichfield Liturgical Fabric: Reformation Stole and Chasuble

Headwear Part II: The Mitre—Norris

The mitre is part two of the three part series talking about ecclesiastical vestments that are headwear. Today we again travel back in time to the days of the Greeks. They were not an ostentatious people in the designing of their clothing. For instance, they wore two types of headwear and both were meant for practicality instead of fashion. The working classes—soldiers, sailors, and artisans—wore a skull-cap called a pilos. As the word skull cap suggests, this was a form fitting cap that shaped the skull, snuggly encircling over the… Read more Headwear Part II: The Mitre—Norris

Part I: The Amice—Norris

Over the next few days I would like to talk to you about certain ecclesiastical vestments that are worn on the head. Often we focus our gaze on the voluptuous garments that cover our ministers of the church. It is important to know each distinct garment and its history. Based in practical reasoning, traditions are now carried on without knowing the origin. When we travel to Europe, view exhibits in a museum, or look in old volumes, we see all kinds of garments that our ministers no longer wear, or… Read more Part I: The Amice—Norris

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