One chasuble at a time
Well a very interesting development at Mass this morning. The Curate came in procession and rather than the usual (modern) gothic(ish) chasuble he was wearing this rather smart ensemble (well actually it was something very like it from Gammarelli's). From a purely practical point of view I am sure it was a relief on a hot Sunday morning to wear natural silk without sleeves rather than a hideous horse blanket in man-made fibres. To be fair Monsignor invested well in the vestments we have - they look very dignified for Mass and not at all horse-blanket-like. I wish the same could be said of most modern vestments. Many complimentary comments were made after Mass.
It is easy to sound a bit camp about all this stuff ("Oooooh! What a bona chasuble!) but the fact is that beautifying and re-enchanting the liturgy is part of the Benedictine reforms. A gauntlet is being thrown down, parish by parish and sooner or later the Tabletistas will have to realise that the liturgy is of central inportance and that 40 years of playing fast and loose with the Mass is changing.
Get with the programme, hippies.