This Week's Reflection

Pastor's Bulletin Reflection for the week of Sunday, September 15, the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Some people have asked about the style of vestments I wear.  The chasuble, derived from the Latin word for “a little house” had been for centuries an ample garment draping over the priest.  Many priests wear this style today, called the “Gothic style”.  In the 15th and 16th centuries, there had been significant divergence from this Tradition, however, resulting in a form of chasuble that wasn’t ample, but cut down so that it comprised a sort of narrow pendant, front and back, on the wearer.  We know this form of chasuble as the “Roman” or “fiddleback” chasuble.  This was a more practical style in hotter climates and where there were not as many attendants to hold up the priest’s vestments at various points of the Mass.   The symbolism: The purple cloak worn by Our Lord when He stood before Pilate.  Also an emblem of love. When the ordaining bishop gives it to the new priest, he says: "Receive the priestly garment, for the Lord is powerful to increase in you love and perfection."  On the left arm, the little hanging vestment is called the Maniple, originally a strip of linen worn over the arm. During the long services, and in the intense heat of southern countries its use was frequently necessary to wipe the perspiration from the face and brow.  The symbolism: The rope whereby Our Lord was led, and the chains which bound His sacred hands.  Also an emblem of the tears of penance, the fatigue of the priestly penance and its joyful reward in Heaven. 

Sub Tuum Praesidium,

Fr. Buckler