Monday, April 21, 2008

Men In Black

A conversation after Mass with The Curate a couple of weeks ago turned to the vestments the parish has. On the whole the vestments are good due to some shrewd purchases by Monsignor. No horse blankets. The Curate wants a decent Roman set. I agree. I asked about black - the colour I want when my mortal remains are put back into the earth. "We haven't got any!" says The Curate. "How so?" I replied. "Someone got rid of them in the 1970s."

Just who in the heck did priests think they were disposing of sacred things to goodness knows who and goodness knows where, when many of these sacred things were gifted by the people of the parish? I am quietly putting together a fund to purchase a decent set of black for the parish, probably from HERE. Hopefully, the successors of Monsignor and The Curate will have the grace not to sell them.

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Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Heheheheh... I know that when the chaplain (a Marist brother) of a local secondary school wanted to "get rid" of some vestments and stuff, he rang Fr Tim and asked what he should do with it...

Fr. Tim's response? "I'll be right round with the car..."

At Blackfen we are sooooo lucky to have a PP who really wants to have only the very best for the worship of God... and if that means second-hand vestments etc., so be it...

("second hand" as in nineteenth century French, you understand, not sixties/seventies retro horseblanket!)

3:21 PM  
OpenID berenike said...

You must ask Aelianus what happened to the stuff in St Aloysius (oxon) when the Jesuits were there ...

Have you read The Stripping of the Altars? That is so totally the same thing, by the way. I wept buckets (I was an impressionable teenager at the time) over the pp who hid the vestments from the Henry lot, and again from the Edward lot - only someone had worked out that they must be stashed somewhere, and They came and got them. Etc.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

You must ask Aelianus what happened to the stuff in St Aloysius (oxon) when the Jesuits were there ...[The Warsavian Goldilocks]

I dread to think. Used them for drying the dishes, probably.

The Stripping of the Altars is a favourite and Professor Duffy was very helpful with an article I wrote about the ars moriendi - such an approachable chap when others might have been haughtily dismissive of a thicko medic going off his own turf.

I worry that we are in a liturgcal interregnum, akin to Mary's reign, where the V2 LiturgiNazis will come crawling out of the woodwork on the death of Pope Benedict, whom God preserve, to impose their 'vision' of 'diversity' and 'genuine' liturgy. Uggghhh!

12:05 AM  
Blogger la mamma said...

I'm with you there, Paulinus. We recently had a priest-friend to stay, who said Mass in the house each day sporting a lovely fiddle-back... and slippers! Normal ones, that is, not sanctuary slippers. Mind you, perhaps there are those reading this who regard sanctuary slippers as the 'normal ones'?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Sounds like my sort of priest. La Mamma

9:18 PM  
Blogger John Paul said...

It's some of the crazy vestment ideas that I cant understand. Some of the symbols are wildly obscure and then some of them look like 'horse covers' as the post reffers too.

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10:52 AM  
Blogger Ottaviani said...

You should have heard what happened to St. Aloyius' church in Oxford before the Oratorian took over it. The Jesuits burned all their old vestments and all the relics of the old Roman martyrs they possessed. They also had a statue of St. Peter, modelled on the one in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and had a hammer taken to it. :-(

If that ain't the devil's work, then what is?

4:29 PM  

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