Monday, July 13, 2009

Where can I get a pontifical dalmatic?


The Pope's MCs vesting him during Mass

I am not sure why I should be asked such a question but twice in the last couple of months I have had emails from priests asking me where they can get a pontifical dalmatic.
Recently the Pope has started wearing the pontifical dalmatic more or less regularly, it is one of the official (though optional) vestments of a Bishop, it is normally made of thin silk and is unlined. It signifies the fullness of the priesthood and that both the order of presbyter and deacon are expressed in their fullness the office of the bishop.
Obviously it is fitting that a bishop wears it at the ordination of a deacon, at the last diaconate ordination I attnded in Rome I was pleased to see my own bishop wore one, but also expresses that the bishop is the chief "minister of charity " within his diocese. It is an expression that he is not just concerned with the sacramental economy of the Church, the inner mysteries, but is also with the Churches outreach to the poor the needy, the outer mysteries.

7 comments:

Sussex Catholic said...

You could do worse than order one from Tridentinum in Italy who have made a number of vestments for the current Holy Father. Details of their Pontifical Tunics/Dalmatics are at:

http://www.tridentinum.com/en/catalogue.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=53

It would be great to see this being worn by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at Solemn Masses at WC as part of his Benedictine reforms.

old believer said...

Try Watts and Co, Tufton Street - just behind Westminster Abbey.

Crux Fidelis said...

What about buskins? Are they making a comeback?

Fr Ray Blake said...

Crux, Buskins are not listed, now, as episcopal vestments, unlike the dalmatic.

Pastor in Valle said...

Gammarelli's, (Splenditatis Vendor) I'm sure, would supply them.

Emitte said...

Benedict XVI: According to the hermeneutic of contuity, this is what the spirit of Vatican II looks like!

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