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Chalice Veils


Like most liturgical vestments, the chalice veil is a mysterious garment. We may be tempted to dismiss it as a kind of decoration. But the chalice and the veil not only have a function during the celebration of Mass, they also remind us of a dignity that is too often veiled.” -Fr. Jerry Pokorsky
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The Veil, the Chalice and the Dignity of Man Like the Sacred Vessels at Mass, We Were Made to Receive Christ By Father Jerry Pokorsky

Here are some chalice veils I have had the privilege of making.

Damask chalice veils with iron on embroidered crosses



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Chalice veil made from leftover vestment fabric. Iron on embroidered cross.


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Damask chalice veil and burse. Linen pall. Crosses embroidered directly onto the fabric by machine.

If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments. Please note, I don’t sell or take orders for any altar cloths or vestments.  I have made them for a few local priests who asked but I don’t receive payment although they have told me they pray for me and that is a blessing indeed.


  1. I have been asked by a reader of my blog to create for her son a Confessional stole for his ordination this May. The young seminarian would like embroidered crosses on the stole, which have to be embroidered before it is assembled. Do you ever hand embroider your beautiful gold crosses? I don’t have an embroidery machine, and the mother of the young man asked me to do this because of my embroidered scapulars, but I am having my doubts and wondering if I should pay someone to do the crosses. Also, where do you buy your beautiful fabrics?

    • Michele Quigley says


      I haven’t embroidered any of the crosses by hand but I do know of a resource:

      Perhaps check around and see if anyone near you has an embroidery machine. Mine is an inexpensive one that does the job well and they are becoming more common.

      Also you can buy embroidered crosses that can be ironed and sewn on. Liturgical suppliers like La Lame ( have them. All but the crosses in the last picture were done this way.

      I am about to make a confessional stole myself as a matter of fact and I can tell you that nice violet fabric can be difficult to source. There are places to order it online but it is pricey. I’ve gone to Philadelphia’s Fabric Row to find fabric as well as working with what the priest supplies when he asks me to make something.

      • Thank you for the links. Most appreciated. I am working with a woman, Elizabeth Morgan, who make vestments, mostly for the Episcopal Church, I believe, but she sells Perkins Bros fabrics here in the US. She sells just the width needed for a stole, which is helpful to not buy more pricey fabric than necessary. Her website link is:

        I purchased her stole sample kit just to try my hand at one before I make the “important” one. I will have to modify my method, as her pattern creates a one-sided (the lining is not the same width as the front and she claims her set-back method for wrapping the front fabric works better with a stole, but at least I will have made one before I have to wing it.

    • Michele Quigley says


      I don’t sell them, I’ve only made them (for free) for local priests who have asked me. Sorry, don’t know the size as they are now with the priests and I don’t remember.

  2. Alberta Addo says

    Great. You are doing God’s work. God richly bless you. Please what is the size of the veil. Thank you.

    • Michele says

      I cannot say exactly what size they are as I no longer have them but if I recall they were 18″ x 18″ square.

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