Sunday, March 14, 2010

Vestments from the Chicago World's Fair in 1893

Bishops in the old days used to get nice vestments at the World's Fair.  This set was made in Irish embroidery schools of heavy silk and poplin-hand embroidery (purchased by Archbishop John Ireland and now seen on display in the Cathedral of Saint Paul).

These vestments were made and purchased for the divine cult, not for display in a showcase.  Use them again today.

1 comment:

  1. I have a horrible feling, John, that they have been / are being used : have you noticed that the pieces on display are the pieces which most of the OF people won't use ?

    I suspect that the chasuble and stole have probably been in use, at least occasionally, so that you now have a poor set with wonderful accessories . . . sad, but unfortunately common.