The Franciscans know how to celebrate the Easter season

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I love the season of Easter and never get tired of seeing white or gold vestments.  These three gold chasubles are currently spending more time out of the sacristy wardrobe than in.  The Franciscans (OFM) know how to celebrate the Easter season.

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The wardrobe in the sacristy of the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clevedon, Somerset, where the gold vestments usually live.

St Francis of Assisi, pray for us

Spot the flag of England on the cope

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On the Solemnity of St George, Martyr, Patron of England, a close up of the back of  one of our lovely copes.  Spot the flag of England, derived from St George’s Cross.

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On Thursdays we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament straight after the 9.30am Mass until Benediction at 3pm.  This one was worn to expose the Blessed Sacrament and one of our white copes ( I make it sound like we have lots – we have two) was used for Benediction at 3pm.

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The front of the cope.

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And a close up of the front of the cope.  The ‘pax’ makes sense as the church used to ‘belong’ to the Benedictines at Douai Abbey before becoming a diocesan (Clifton) parish.

St George, Patron of England, pray for us

All the silverware is ready

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Some of the silverware after it’s been cleaned.  It must be Holy Week.

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The pair of silver candelabra are for the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday.  Planning to do some of the brass tomorrow and the rest on Wednesday.  It’s a plan!

Ta da!

Busy covering crosses and images with acres of purple today.  Passiontide begins.

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Last year they were all packed away badly (by me) so they were a tad wrinkled when I opened the box this morning.  Ironing :(

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It didn’t take too long to make them look a bit better.

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But how did they make it in to the church?

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Ta da!


Or just read Psalm 8

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No picture of the partial eclipse of the sun from me although I did ‘see’ it this morning just after 9.30am and took a picture of it on my phone.  Mmm.  Instead, Pesello’s Celestial Hemisphere, above.  This work is painted on the ceiling of the scarsella (a small square apse), in the Old Sacristy of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy.

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A close up of Cancer; the Sun and Venus are visible on the ecliptic.

Let me explain.

Because the orbit of the Moon is inclined only about 5° to the ecliptic and the Sun is always very near the ecliptic, eclipses always occur on or near it.  Because of the inclination of the Moon’s orbit, eclipses do not occur at every conjunction and opposition of the Sun and Moon, but only when the Moon is near an ascending or descending node at the same time it is at conjunction or opposition.  The ecliptic is so named because the ancients noted that eclipses only occurred when the Moon crossed it.

Or just read Psalm 8.

Mission Tumacacori sacristan

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A photograph of an Indian sacristan standing beside the dome of Mission Tumacacori, Arizona, USA, circa 1908.  The dome behind him has a short cylindrical bell tower, which is also topped by a dome.  The photograph is part of the California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960.  The photographer is unknown.

Rosslyn Chapel Transfiguration of Christ


‘It is your face, O Lord, that I seek’ (Entrance Antiphon)

The stained glass window of the Transfiguration of Christ in the Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland, UK.  The sacristy is thought to be older than that chapel itself.  The window was installed in 1954 in memory of the 5th Earl of Rosslyn.  I have posted on Rosslyn Chapel angels, a while ago.

Funeral portrait of St Angela Merici

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A funeral portrait of St Angela Merici (1474-1540).  It is thought to be a copy of the painting by Alessandro Buonvicino (1498 circa – 1554), more commonly known as Il Moretto da Brescia.  Painted in 1540, it was believed to have been destroyed in an aerial bombardment during the Second World War.  There is a copy in the sacristy of the Cathedral of Desenzano del Garda, in Brescia, northern Italy.

St Angela Merici, pray for us

Stations of the Cross oil painting restored

We had the first of our mid-week parish Lenten Stations of the Cross this evening at 7 o’clock.  We have Stations through Lent on Sundays at 5pm too, just before the evening Mass at 6pm.  I like Lent.

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An oil painting of one of the Stations of the Cross found in the sacristy of the Floriana Parish Church, in Floriana, Malta has been restored.  The painting had a 10cm long tear and extensive previous in-fills covering part of the original paint layer.  It’s deterioration had been put down to the ravages of World War II and amateur restoration attempts.

The window is muted and suggests crosses

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The season of Lent is expressed in traditional Lenten colours.  The window is muted and suggests crosses.  We are invited to enter into the seriousness of the Christian journey into the mystery of death and the Resurrection.  The window is in the sacristy of St Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Creve Coeur, Missouri, USA.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory! (Gospel Acclamation)

Salve, radix, salve, porta, ex qua mundo lux est orta

Ave Regina Coelorum

Salve, radix, salve, porta, ex qua mundo lux est orta (Root of Jesse! Gate of morn! Whence the world’s true light was born)

I put this altar cloth on the high altar yesterday, Ash Wednesday.  I’m not 100% sure where it came from, possibly the Poor Clares convent in South Woodchester that closed down a few years ago.  It’s a couple of lines from Ave, Regina Coelorum (Hail, Queen of Heaven), a prayer used especially after Compline (said or sung) on the Feast of the Purification to Maundy Thursday, exclusively.

Happy Lent.