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New Rose Pastoral Chasuble and Stole

New Rose Pastoral Chasuble and Stole: It has been a pleasantly busy fall in the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom. We have transitioned from sewing a steady stream of red to sewing the colors of the church year.

Liturgical brocade fabrics for church Vestments

The Liturgical Color of the Church

The Liturgical colors of the church year are Violet (or blue) for Advent, White (and gold) for Festivals like Christmas and Easter, Violet for Lent, Red for Pentecost, Green for Ordinary times, and black for Good Friday. Some churches also use Ash Wednesday as a day to wear black.

The items in the above photo are Clergy stole kits prepared for shipping. The stole kit includes a pre-cut piece of fabric, coordinating lining fabric, and cotton canvas for you to make your own pastoral or priest stole. The stole kits are the fabric part and the patterns are purchased separately. Stole kits are a fun way to experiment with stole-making for the beginner. And a way to provide a wider variety of stoles for use by pastors and priests with the aid of a DIY project.

Yet with all of the profusion of colors – be it from stole kits or stoles, chasubles, or chalice veils floating in and out of the Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom, things are looking rosy this time of year! The holiday decor is out, and the church season has changed from ordinary times to the beginning of a new church year – Advent is here! It is a time of waiting and anticipation.

The Meaning Behind the Rose Vestment Sunday

Wait – rose in a church vestment workroom?  Some may be asking, “Is this a mistake? Rose is not a color used by the church! My pastor has NEVER worn a rose in all the years I have been going to church!”

Ah, yes, the doubters have arisen with the talk of things being a bit “rosy.” Well, let’s take a moment to explain this “rose” stuff for use in the church.

During the season of Advent, many churches follow the tradition of lighting an Advent wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday for 4 Sundays. On the third Sunday, the Advent candle often has a Rose color, marking the celebration of Gaudete Sunday.

The church marks or celebrates special events in its life in different ways. One way is by having a special clergy stole which can be an aid to the pastor or priest in helping to mark special events in the church year. One of those very special events is coming up in two short weeks. It is affectionately known as the “rose vestment” Sunday.

St. Ignatius Vestment

Rose Church Vestment chasuble stole

The Ecclesiastical Sewing workroom has been busy this year creating a beautiful rose collection for use on the special “rose Sundays” in the church year. The set is part of our St. Ignatius pastoral chasuble and stole collection. The set features a chasuble richly trimmed with a deep cranberry/red color. The rose and deep red tones fall under the penitential color family of violets.

Gaudete and Laetare Rose Vestments for Advent and Lent

The chasuble has an orphrey band using the Rose Pugin Orphrey edged with Gold St. Benet trim.  The matching St. Ignatius stole has a coordinating orphrey band at the lower edge and a solid-colored band at the chest level.

Orphrey trims for church vestments

Silk dupioni, with its sheen, complements any time of the year.  It particularly shines in Northern climates with scarce daylight hours and often dimmed lighting, as it catches the scattered rays and simply shimmers!

Advent Rose church vestment stole chasuble Lent Set


Anticipation in Liturgical Seasons

The use of rose vestments increases in popularity each year. One may ask, why should one go to all the bother of creating vestments and altar hangings when the church only uses them two times a year? The importance comes in as a means of teaching. The lessons for the day on Gaudete and Laetare Sunday have a lighter tone  – a break from the heaviness of the Penitential seasons of Advent and Lent. It lets us know that there is a joy that awaits and it is just around the corner. The joy is Christmas (and Easter). And when the rose vestments come out, Christmas (or Easter) is almost upon us.

Importance of Rose Vestments in the Church

So, if your church is blessed to have a set of Rose Vestments, spend some time reading and learning about the importance that is marked on these special “Rose” days in the life of the church.

The time may be too tight to make rose vestments for Advent, but now is a great time to begin planning for Lent. For the DIY – check our line of Chasuble patterns. The rose chasuble can be created in either a Gothic or Monastic style chasuble as well as in one of our new Fiddle back style chasubles.

For those who may only wish to make a stole, we have the complete pastoral stole kit with trims available online.  The kit is available in both pastor and deacon stole versions.

Pugin Rose orphrey bands Chasubles for Lent

Wishing you a happy and “rosy” Lent season.

Soli Deo Gloria

Please visit our website at to see our complete line of liturgical fabrics. And the embroidery emblems, embroidery designs, altar linens, and church vestments. We also have a line of church vestment patterns and trims for those who wish to make their own church vestments. You may also contact us through the online webpage to inquire about custom orders or vestments.

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    • Dear Rev. Dr. Shumard,
      Thank you for contacting us regarding the Rose colored vestments. The New Rose chasuble has been quite popular and is a beautiful vestment, with the color combination, the trim detail, and sleeve bands. Sadly, the last one on hand went out the door this past week.

      We can check into the possibility of getting one made yet in time for Laetare Sunday, but I fear the time is too short. If we had one more week for an order lead time we would certainly be able to complete a chasuble in time for this Lenten Season. We really like to have enough time when making vestment so that they are not rushed as a great deal of care and workmanship that goes into each vestment.

      Our vestments are made to order and on occasion, we do have items in stock for quick shipment. We work hard to offer vestments that are beautifully crafted and worthy of service in the Lord’s House. Our vestments are not mass production. They are made one item at a time. We also try to offer custom orders for those who prefer something a bit more unique.

      Thank you again for contacting us. Please feel free to email with any questions or if we may be of service to you with your church vestment needs.

      Best Regards,