Sunday, January 24, 2010

What the Old-School Roman Fascia Looks Like


By Gammarelli in Rome, custom made, commissioned by a young cleric who knows how it's done (ribbons instead of velcro).

10 comments:

  1. Ut sive sollicite says nothing about priests' fascias!

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  2. Oh, very nice! I think he ought to flog them to others, as I have a distaste for velcro! ;-P

    Looks a little odd, though, on closer inspection. Maybe get an engineer to redesign it! .........!

    Hope your exams went well!

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  3. Anonymous,

    Our Lord didn't say anything about slip-in collars either (though I wear one sometimes), but a priest should be dressed smartly and not look like an old sack of potatoes - but, of course, 'the habit does not make the monk (or priest in this case)'. A plain cassock is also smart and a sign of the priest's denial of the world and witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is nice to know that some things are timeless and beautiful, and that includes the cassock, with ribbon instead of velcro included. Customs are important. Thanks for the post. Fr. A.

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  4. Any idea of what something wonderful like that might cost? Saving for a gift.

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  5. Always remember:
    Once upon a time it was a custom (at least in Germany), that only priests with jurisdiction, like a pastor or a rector, would wear a fascia!

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  6. fabulous roman craftmanship, like always from Gammarelli!

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  7. gammarelli makes them or a store near gamarelli????

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  8. Fantastic, but (and I use this very loosely) the tufts are abrogated. So, technically, the cleric in question should not be using this style of fascia....it should have fringes.

    Not that I agree with the abrogation, but I'm just sayin'....

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  9. Is it true that a priest's cassock has 33 buttons, one for each year of Jesus' life?

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  10. The number of buttons is determine by your height, so the number will vary.

    The idea of 33 buttons is more of an Anglican novelty. But if you want one with this symbolism you may request one.

    I have had cassocks made by Gamarelli and none have 33 buttons. The buttons have to be placed very closely together as not reveal the white clerical shirt when bennding down, etc...

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