The word pall comes from the Latin pallium meaning cloak. Thus a cloak or covering – a pall – is placed over the casket, or in ancient times, the body, of the deceased when a casket was not affordable. The use of funeral palls has a long-standing tradition dating back to at least the Middle Ages. During this time, the cloth was often rich or brightly colored, and palls were often richly embroidered. In America and Canada, the palls used today are often white. Palls may be decorated with embroidery or contrasting fabrics.
Church Banners with their vivid colors and intricate designs, have adorned houses of worship for centuries. In the early Christian era, when worship was often conducted in secret due to persecution, banners provided a means of discreetly identifying meeting places. The history of church banners is a testament to the enduring power of visual art and religious symbolism.
The use of the color red in the church during Pentecost is commonly attributed to its association with the flames of the Holy Spirit, which descended upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ as tongues of fire. Red, as the color of fire and blood, is a natural choice to represent this element. The imagery of flames and fire is often associated with the Holy Spirit in Christian iconography, and red serves as a powerful visual reminder of the transformative power of faith.
A lavabo towel is a cloth linen or sort of hand towel that is used to dry the hands of a person who is performing a lavabo ceremony. It is one of several small altar linens or church linen items. the lavabo towel must be a pristine white church linen cloth as it symbolizes the purification that occurs as a result of the lavabo ceremony.
Martin The Mannequin – Episode 4
In the snowy aftermath of a storm, a mannequin named Martin finds himself seeking warmth in a boutique. To his surprise, he encounters living mannequins, and his presence sparks excitement. Despite wanting to leave Minnesota, Martin gets drawn into helping with sewing tasks by a determined house elf named Timothy. As the snowstorm rages outside, Martin learns the art of pinning and discovers a newfound appreciation for the lakes of Minnesota.
Martin The Mannequin _ Episode 3
In the snowy studio, a house elf named Timothy surprises Martin, the mannequin. Offering help with vestment repairs, Timothy shares his lineage connected to Jeanne Lanvin’s fashion house in Paris. While fixing stoles, Timothy directs Martin to return quick ship vestments and take the cat, Nightingale, back to the Arbor Boutique. Martin, intrigued by Timothy’s tales, heads out into the winter storm.
In Part 2 of February’s Snowstorm, Martin finds a stray cat in the studio and cares for it. While reading about church vestments, he discovers that Travis won’t be in for two days due to the snowstorm. Engrossed in church symbolism books, he accidentally falls asleep. Waking up in a panic, he realizes the cat has played havoc with ecclesiastical stoles. To his surprise, a cheerful voice offers help from above.
The word Laetare means “rejoice” in the Latin text of the word. Laetare was ultimately decided to be the name for this Sunday of rejoicing and celebration from the Latin text of the scripture verses found in the 66th chapter of the book of Isaiah.
The six-week season of Lent is overall a time of solemn and somber fasting spent in penance and preparation for the coming of Easter Sunday.
The term “bespoke” means something that’s made especially for a particular user. In other words, it’s something that we have designed, or at least customized. Here at Ecclesiastical Sewing, we have a wide variety of ready-made designs for bespoke vestments and paraments of all kinds. Basic selections include stoles, as well as pulpit, falls, or communion table/altar frontals with little decoration besides a plain orphrey
As a special reminder of their baptism day when they receive the washing of rebirth in Holy Baptism, we have created these special little keepsake baptismal towels.
Altar linens are often overlooked but essential. Regular checks for stains, tears, and faded colors are crucial. Making altar linens is a cost-effective option, offering flexibility in design and size. Renaissance Linen, a medium-weight Irish Linen, and Opalescent Linen, a fine sheer fabric, are excellent choices available at Ecclesiastical Sewing.
The word “antiphon” is probably not in the vocabulary for those of us who aren’t all that familiar with liturgical chants but traditionally they were short chants of the Psalms often sung with a refrain. The meaning of antiphon actually has its roots in Greek origin as it literally means “before the sound.” The most famous song or hymn to come forth from the O Antiphons is the Christmas hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Ecclesiastical Sewing introduced a design collection entitled Dayspring. The collection features timeless and elegant designs created by our liturgical artist friend, Edward Riojas. The collection features a variety of design themes that symbolize both the Nativity of Christ and His Resurrection. The designs were gold threads stitched on white paraments and vestments, featuring designs like the IHC monogram with a rising sun, the Pomegranate design, and several others found in our various collections.
Ecclesiastical Sewing offers custom-sized church vestments for clergy members who require special fits. While standard sizes work for most, bespoke vestments cater to unique sizing needs, ensuring proper length and width adjustments for a comfortable and graceful fit. The example of a petite white chasuble illustrates the customization available, making it suitable for Easter celebrations.
The symbol used for O Emmanuel is a manger with a flowering rose. The rose is a Messianic Rose. With great joy and anticipation, we join the prophet in singing, O Come, Emmanuel – come and save us, O Lord, our God. The collection of O Antiphon designs is a simple way to enhance a worship space. The banners may be hung from pillars as shown in the photo, or by some other way of your selection. The banners a simple to create for those who like to sew for their church.