Sew Vestments!

I've wanted to learn to sew vestments for a couple of years now. It just seems to me these can be such beautiful little works of art for Our Lord in the Mass--and I want to make beautiful things for the Mass! I don't think I'd be able to find the time for more than one or two a year, but that could be like a little offering to Our Lord. 

I took the seminar with two other ladies and we had a great time, learned a lot and I for one am hoping I can return again next summer for another seminar. We'll see! 

If you're interested in finding out more about these seminars, click here.

So, I thought I should share some pictures of my time in Syracuse this summer! 


The one directly below will become the Marian Chasuble.

The Holy Ghost Chasuble (above). 

Lamb of God Chasuble (above and below).

We went to morning Mass at Mary Mother of God Church.

















St Mark's Basilica, Venise Italy

I'd like to begin to share some of the photos from our recent trip to Italy. Here's St. Mark's.



Hubs and me.


The Mosaics. The architecture is Italo-Byzantine.


The stone below the crucifix is said to be a piece of the pillar from The Scourging.


Beautiful Latin Vestments. 


An Illuminated Manuscript.


More Vestments.


St. Mark's Square.


More Views from the Dome.


Reliquaries.


More Vestments.


A Bronze Relief located Behind the Main Altar.


More Reliquaires.


A bronze figure of St. Mark.


The Twelve Apostles. 14 century Gothic art. 


St. Mark's Campanile, the Bell Tower.


More Ceiling Mosaics. They cover the entire ceiling. I couldn't get over the detail. 


The Facade.


More of the Facade.


The Pillars. 


Altar Coverings.


View from the Balcony.



























Ave verum corpus



Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,[2]
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:[3]
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.[4]

O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie,
O Iesu, fili Mariae.
Miserere mei. Amen.[5]
Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.

O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.

Do You Know What Mission God Has Given You?


I love this sermon. It's all about us keeping our focus on eternity. Also, "The rosary is not an option." Preach it, Father! Listen and say 3 Hail Mary's for the priest.

What's for dinner?

Ground beef with Italian veggies to lighten it up a bit. Spinach, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, garlic. Served over pasta with parmesan cheese. Tuesday night special.


What's for Dinner? Shrimp Salad.


Most of the veggies were already prepped in the fridge. So all I had to do was add dill, capers, yogurt-mayo dressing and of course, shrimp. A dash of salt and pepper. I'll make a pasta salad to go with it for those in my family who want it. They can just mix the two together. 

Blessed Ida of Louvain


From Catholic Online

As a child, Ida, of Louvain, Belgium, loved the Hail Mary so much that she recited it up to a thousand times daily, genuflecting or prostrating herself before a picture of the Blessed Virgin each time she repeated it. Ida became a nun of the Cistercian convent of Roosendael. Devotion to the Eucharist permeated her spiritual life. Once, while kneeling in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament reserved at the altar, Ida offered this salutation to the Eucharist: Hail, benign, merciful, and kind Jesus: you who longed for our redemption, and redeemed us from the bonds of perpetual death with your precious blood. On another occasion, she altered the route of a journey she was making in order to visit the Blessed Sacrament along the way, praying, Hail, merciful, holy, and sweet Jesus, who for our redemption, desired the yoke of the cross. Another time, longing for heaven as she meditated before the Eucharist, she pleaded, O hope, O love, and every desire of my heart! How long shall you suffer me to be detained in this prison of flesh?

You can see this veil over at RosaMysticaMantilla

The Crucifixion.



Here's a Giotto fresco of the Crucifixion. Consider the actual shape of the cross and the meaning behind that. It reaches vertically, upward to the heavens. At the base, it sinks into the earth, towards hell. Our Lord's loving arms stretch horizontally, from one end of the earth to the other. The cross is both at the center of time in this world and beyond time in the next, and beyond time at the Mass. On this side of the veil, on our side, the horizontal side that we inhabit, there's grace. Beyond time, which is symbolized by the vertical, there's the judgement that awaits us. Ultimately it's either heaven or hell for each soul and what we do with the cross is the determining factor in where we end up. 
What will we do with the cross of Our Lord? Lord give us the grace to love the cross!

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