Recently we heard from Maureen who completed this beautiful altar linen using one of the patterns here on our website. Congratulations! It took her over 500 HOURS of work. Elizabeth Morgan, author of Sewing Church Linens, helped with the making up of the fair linen. This is magnificent- thanks for sharing your photos, Maureen. Christmas was a perfect time to present this wonderful gift at the altar.
The flowers are watered and arranged, the immaculate linens pressed and lovingly smoothed into place, the candles are waiting to be lit in their gleaming brass candlesticks. The sacristy is aglow and waiting for the services to begin. The church is filled with the fragrant scent of evergreens, incense and flowers. Many hours of preparation have gone into making this night of nights one of peace and calm, of order and wonder. All over the world tonight altar guild workers and sacristans will slip quietly into their pew and look up at the altar and creche their own hands made ready to welcome the newborn King. Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Twice a year the beautiful rose vestments come out of storage. I often receive requests for rose vestments, and no other color is so hard to supply. In fact, I have never received a set of rose vestments to relocate. There’s always plenty of green, and a fair amount of white vestments . Red and violet are more difficult. Since rose is used only twice a year in Lent and Advent (Laetare and Gaudete Sundays), they remain in storage and in great condition with minimum fading and wear. Some parishes have had their rose vestments for over a century! Conceived as a “refreshment” from the penitential season’s violet or purple, the rose candle and rose hangings and vestments are much-enjoyed by the congregation. Below is a handsome High Solemn Mass set featuring chasuble, tunicle and dalmatic. I am sorry I cannot identify the clergy, the parish is All Saints. Do you have a photo of your rose set to share?