Opus Angelicum: An Ecclesiastical Cope Completed in the 1530's. The Passion of Christ Portrayed. Good Friday 2017.
Catholics claim a long tradition of visual arts, music and writings.
Find a small sampling below... and have a Good Friday.
The cope (known in Latin as pluviale 'rain coat' or cappa 'cape') is a liturgical vestment, more precisely a long mantle or cloak, open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp. It may be of any liturgical color.”
“A cope may be worn by any rank of the clergy, and also by lay ministers in certain circumstances. If worn by a bishop, it is generally accompanied by a mitre. The clasp, which is often highly ornamented, is called a morse. In art, angels are often shown wearing copes, especially in Early Netherlandish paintings.”
The workshop or religious house where the embroidery construction took place is not noted in the display placard above. However, it certainly follows the Opus Angelicum tradition.
"Opus Anglicanum or English work is fine needlework of Medieval England done for ecclesiastical or secular use on clothing, hangings or other textiles, often using gold and silver threads on rich velvet or linen grounds. Such English embroidery was in great demand across Europe, particularly from the late 12th to mid-14th centuries and was a luxury product often used for diplomatic gifts."
"...Thus, one may conclude that Jesus, as the new mercy seat, serves as the vessel of God’s mercy, insofar as through His death and resurrection the covenant is renewed, and anything that serves as an obstacle to humanity’s relationship with God is definitively removed, something that could not be done by the Law. As Fr. Fitzmyer wrote, 'Christ crucified has become the mercy seat of the new dispensation, the means of expiating (wiping away) the sins that have estranged human beings from God.' ”
The use of copes dates to early monastic history.
In 1600, Pope Clement VIII published the first book on Cæremoniale Episcoporum (Ceremonial of Bishops) where it describes the copes use by a bishop “if presiding at but not celebrating Mass, for the Liturgy of the Hours, for processions, at the special ceremonies on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Lenten gatherings modeled on the ‘stations’ in Rome, Palm Sunday and Corpus Christi.” This book solidified and clarified liturgical traditions already practiced. The cope is still used, by members of the clergy for example, “in processions, in the greater blessings and consecrations, at the solemnly celebrated Liturgy of the Hours, in giving Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and the celebration of other sacraments outside of Mass.”
Donations for Copes
Although the photos below are not of a cope, here you glimpse the elegant liturgical vestment of Catholic convert, Reverend Lord Charles Thynne. It was constructed from the rich fabric of a mourning dress and donated by a widow of status- not unlike what is described in the above placard. The recycling or re-purposing of costly materials was and remains a common practice.
"An antiphon in the Liturgy of the Hours says, 'the plan of the Father' is now fulfilled in 'making Christ the heart of the world.' This explains the unshakeable Christian optimism that led a medieval mystic to exclaim that it is to be expected that 'there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing [sic] shall be well' (Julian of Norwich)."
Excerpt from the Good Friday homily 2017 of Fr. Cantalamessa, ofmcap
Music for Good Friday (above)
The Reproaches, setting by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611),
are traditionally sung during the veneration of the Cross.
"O my people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me.
I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom,
but you led your Saviour to the cross.
Holy is God. Holy and strong.
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us."
I took my one meal out today. The lunchtime cafeteria was packed. Most diners were eating heartily. It was good to see that there was a long line of customers at the fish counter. My one meal for the is shown below. Not too bad. And there was more French bread than I could eat.
=============================================================== The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem to be contrary to the spirit of doing penance.
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