It is Septuagesima Sunday in the Extraordinary Form today. Violet has returned and it’s time to start thinking about what we’re going to do for Lent. I love having these extra preparatory weeks.
In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter. This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. The Sundays which follow are Sexagesima (“sixtieth”) and Quinquagesima (“fiftieth”) before Ash Wednesday brings in Lent, called in Latin Quadragesima, “Fortieth”. —Fr. Z.
I remembered my camera today and was able to get some photos of the fiddleback chasuble I restored for Fr. Tcheou a few months ago.
This is a pretty old set. We’re not sure of the date but we know it’s older than either of us –we think somewhere around 60 or 70 years old. It was missing a stole so I made one from scratch. You can only see a bit of it there as it is mostly hidden under the chasuble. Look at the maniple farther down this page and you can see what the stole is like –only longer. It almost looks black in this picture but it’s violet. It’s not a perfect match color wise but it was as close as I could get. I re-lined the chasuble with gold moire and replaced all the trim. I discovered that velvet can be very difficult to work with. It moves and stretches like crazy. I did my best and Fr. was pleased with it but I can see the mistakes and they bother me.
Here’s the back:
It’s all hand embroidered and just gorgeous! The embroidery could use some repair work but I didn’t touch it as that’s beyond my current skill set. Replacing the trim wasn’t terribly difficult. The thread on the old trim was rotten so it pulled out quite easily. I just had to be sure to remember how it all went together (note the front seams from the first picture) because the trim was holding all the pieces together. Mitering the corners was fairly simple if not a little fussy.
Fr. had ordered the trim before I started and at one point I realized I wasn’t going to have enough so I had to have him order more. Because it is very expensive trim I had to be as precise as possible in knowing how much more we would need. This made me a little nervous and didn’t give me room to mess up. In the end I had just a little over 2 inches left!
Here’s the maniple:
This was a total remake using just the old fabric. New lining, new trim, new fringe. I was pretty happy with the result. The crosses were a bit of a challenge and if I had used new fabric I would have machine embroidered crosses on them instead but I was using the old fabric so I had to make them the same because of the lines they left on the fabric when I removed the old trim.
Here’s a closeup of the cross center:
I had to make points in the trim and line it up as best as I could. I hand stitched them together and then machine stitched them to the fabric. It’s not perfect but the places it’s “off” aren’t noticeable from a distance anyway.
One more photo. Note the lace at the bottom of Fr. Tcheou’s alb:
It’s all hand made –again very old. Can you imagine the time and dedication that went into making this? I repaired it a little while back when he tore it during mass but I warned him it won’t last a whole lot longer. You can see it has a lot of holes and is becoming quite fragile.
So now we start thinking about and preparing for Lent. I’ll be posting on that in the weeks to come.