Chasuble with Medallion Depicting John the Baptist, late 16th / early 17th century. The chasuble is based on a fresco by the Italian, Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530).
According to the Art Institute Chicago, USA, where the chasuble is held, it is: “Linen, plain weave underlaid with silk, plain weave with insert medallion of silk, warp-float faced satin weave; embroidered with silk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk and linen in satin, split and stem stitches; couching and French knots; edged with silk and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk, plain weave with patterning wefts and complementary weft weave tapes; lined with silk, plain weave.” Phew!
A lovely early 19th century Mexican wooden chalice case with leather hinges and metal clasps. The case is held in the American Decorative Arts Department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA.
It’s the first wooden chalice case I’ve seen. I really like the idea that it’s been carved by hand for a specific chalice – that unfortunately we don’t get to see.
In 1863, this stained glass window of the Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John the Evangelist was removed from the sacristy of the 13th century Church of Sant’ Agostino, in Perugia, Italy, and placed in the Galleria Nazionale dell ‘Umbria in 1879. The window has been attributed to Giovanni di Bonino, also known as Maestro Giovanni di Bonino di Assisi, and is thought to date to about 1345.
The Sacristy of Bristol Cathedral (about 1825), a copper etching engraved by J Skelton after the artist J Willis. Size 17 x 25.5 cm including title and margins. There’s a little more on Bristol Cathedral here.
Beauly Priory was founded in Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, in about 1230, thanks to what went on in the “valley of the cabbages” in northern France.
“In about 1180, a lay brother at the Charterhouse at Lugnay in northern France, called Viard, petitioned the Duke of Burgundy to found a Priory where the brothers would adhere strictly to the rules of St Benedict’s. This priory was established at Val des Choux in the forest of Chatillon, where cabbages were grown, and the order of the monks took their name, Valliscaulian, from the Latin “valley of the cabbages”. A further 20 houses were opened in France, and, under the auspices of Archbishop William Malvoisin of St Andrews, three priories were established in Scotland in 1230 as centres of royal control in the Highlands following the rebellion by the men of Moray in 1228.” (Source: www.scalan.co.uk)
One of those three priories was Beauly.
An effigy of the first Sir Kenneth Mackenzie of Kintail, the half brother of Prior McKenzie, lies behind the grille into the former sacristy of Beauly Priory.
The sacristy door of Carcar Church (also known as St Catherine’s Church) in Carcar, on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. It looks like quite an ordinary wooden door until a closer look shows a relief of the church at the top. I haven’t seen that before. Nice idea.
Pictured in 2000, the interior of the sacristy doorway leading to the convent of San Jose Mission, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The “folded” ceiling looks like a linen place setting or the inside of a shell.
Source: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS TEX-333)
Source: Martin Davis / www.freerangephotography.co.uk
Another sacristy with a beautiful keel-shaped roof in Brittany, France, this time in Sizun. As in Locmélar, a passageway connects the sacristy to the church. The parish church of Sizun is dedicated to St Suliau (also known as St Suliac), a priest that lived as a hermit in Wales in the 6th century.
The Assumption (1607-10), in the sacristy of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy. The marble relief, by Pietro Bernini, was commissioned for the sacristy of the Santa Maria Maggiore. The work is one of the earliest examples of the pictorial relief altarpieces that became very popular during the 17th century.
August can be a bit of a challenge. School holidays and summer holidays = number of servers are down, temporary readers filling in, and after Mass coffee teams are a bit stretched. Priests go on holiday too. Still, we manage to have Mass every day. Sometimes I wonder how we do it . . .
Source: www.stlouiscatholic.blogspot.co.uk (2012)
Inside the sacristy of the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Québec, Canada. A decorative arch with an unidentified statue on top, what looks like a gallery in the top left hand corner, some wood panelling and cream or grey coloured walls. And a brown floor. Oh, and three life sized puppets. Helpful.
A view of the church in Locmélar, Brittany, France. The sacristy is that beautiful building in the foreground. It seems quite separate to the church but I’m assured there is a connecting passageway. There is certainly nothing of a “lean to” look about it. It’s big and bold and has a beautiful keel-shaped roof.
A closer look at the roof . . .
Source: Martin Davis at www.freerangephotography.co.uk
And another . . .
Source: Martin Davis at www.freerangephotography.co.uk
“I arrived in Cologne late at night. My godchild had asked me to spend one more night at their house. I was not supposed to be received within the enclosure until the next day after vespers.
In the morning I announced my arrival by telephone at the convent and was permitted to come to the grille for a welcome. Soon after lunch we were back again to attend vespers in the chapel; first vespers of the Feast of Our Holy Mother. Earlier, while kneeling in the sanctuary, I heard someone whisper at the sacristy turn, “Is Edith outside?
Then a big bunch of chrysanthemums was delivered to me. Teachers from the Palatinate had sent them in welcome. I was supposed to see the flowers before they were used to decorate the altar.
After vespers we were asked to have coffee. Then a lady arrived, who introduced herself as the sister of our dear Mother Teresia Renata. She asked which one of us was the postulant; she wanted to offer some encouragement. But there was no need of that. This sponsor and my godchild accompanied me to the door of the enclosure. At last it opened, and in deep peace I crossed the threshold into the House of the Lord.” (Edith Stein: The Life of a Philosopher and Carmelite (2005), by Teresia Renata Posselt, OCD)
One of my favourite saints. She sought the truth and let the truth speak to her.
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin, Martyr, Patron of Europe, pray for us