Today being the Feast of St Louis seems an appropriate day on which to copy and paste an article from the Liturgical Arts Journal which was published by that site yesterday. Entitled ‘A Pontifical Set of Vestments from Pluriate’ it is by Shawn Tribe and shows a splendid new set of episcopal vestments for the traditional Rite in use at Laon Cathedral for an FSSP Ordination.
Laon is an attractive historic city and the cathedral is not just worth seeing for its famous west front and multiplicity of towers and stone oxen but also for its beautiful and calm interior. That interior is one that, for all the passage of centuries and ecclesiastical fashions, remains redolent of the France of the Capetians. St Louis, his biographer Joinville and their contemporaries are, you feel, behind the next column....
Shawn Tribe writes:
The Clever Boy will add the obvious point - but it is still worth making - that it is so very good to see such vestments being commissioned and produced, and to see them being used in the liturgy. It makes you think all the disasters that have befallen France since 1789 - barring the happy era of the 1815-30 Restoration - have not happened.
St Louis, Pray for France, Pray for us