We recreate the treasures of the past
Combining the highest quality materials and workmanship with careful research of beautiful surviving antique vestments, we are able to create sets like the treasures that once graced our Holy Catholic altars.
The real metal red brocade chasuble you see here is part of a new Solemn High Mass set. The parish who commissioned this set found an intact 12-piece antique set they loved, but simply could not afford the price to purchase.
We were able to replicate the design of that longed-for antique set for a fraction of the cost of the original pieces. Of course, we retained the high quality materials found in the original set. We used real metal brocade, handloomed silk, gold bullion fringe and even antique embroideries.
The result was even more brilliant than the years-old set and more durable. But more importantly, it is ready for years of worship at the Holy altar.
Our Vestments are made of...
We take care to lift the dimensions directly from surviving pieces whenever possible, to retain the integrity of the traditional styles as needed. We also insure that Church symbolism is designed into every piece just as the vestments of old -- retaining the age-old traditions and meanings that used to be handed down among vestment makers.
What pieces are in a set?
What is a Low Mass set?
This set consists of 5 pieces:
What is a High Mass set?
This set consists of 7 pieces:
What is a Solemn High Mass set?
This set consists of 12-13 pieces:
How do Vestments become Consecrated for use in the Mass?
Here is the Latin Rite blessing of vestments that causes them to become sacramentals for use in the Sacred Mass. Priests alone have been given the power to bless material objects such as vestments (or rosaries, crucifixes, scapulars, etc.). It is they alone who can turn them into sacramentals with the power and prayers of the entire Church behind them. Vestments must be blessed prior to their first use or anytime they are sold again for profit. These newly made vestments will be used for Pentecost and special Martyr Feast Days. (Fr. Saguto, FSSP; North American Martyrs, Seattle, WA)
What is that? What does it mean?
Throughout the Church's history, artists such as architects, painters, sculptors and vestment makers have incorporated a wealth of symbolism and Christian meanings in the the creation of Church furnishings. These symbols have been handed down to us from Holy Mother Church and are great treasures. They are intended to illuminate and help edify the Sacred Mysteries of the Faith for the faithful.
Here are just a few links to sites we believe are great starting points for your own research. (Be warned -- you may not be able to stop reading once you've begun!)
What purpose do vestments have?
Article by Fr. David Baier, OFM (1888-1967), professor of dogma at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C.
What are the names and meanings of the vestments?
What do the vestment colors signify?
Do priests pray while vesting before Mass?
(Latin Vesting Prayers from the 1962 Missal)
Is that a Christian symbol or just a nice decoration?
variety of symbols http://www.fisheaters.com/symbols.html
Marian plants http://www.fisheaters.com/marygardens.html
Saint symbols http://www.fisheaters.com/marygardens.html
When are Mary's Feast Days?
Feasts and Prayers http://www.wf-f.org/MarianFeast.html
Exhaustive Multi-Country Feasts http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/marian-feasts.htm
Booklists: (Google ebooks)
Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume, by A. Welby Pugin; 1868