Before using vestments for Holy Mass, it is important they be blessed. Thanks to a benefactor in the northwest, the newly ordained Fr Mawdsley was able to commission the red vestment set pictured below. As a further ordination gift, two ladies in the USA designed and made the white set pictured. The Rituale Romanum (Title VIII, Caput 20) gives a profound formula for a blessing, recalling the instructions God gave to Moses for priestly vestments and the inspiration received by the craftsmen at his service. The blessing asks for God's protection over those who wear them for divine worship, and that their service bear good fruit for eternity.
The motif around the Chalice and Holy Eucharist reads 'Memoriam fecit mirabilium suorum... escam dedit timentibus se'. These words are from Psalm 110, commented upon by Pope Leo XIII as follows:
"Now nothing can be better adapted to promote a renewal of the strength and fervour of faith in the human mind than the mystery of the Eucharist, the "mystery of faith," as it has been most appropriately called. For in this one mystery the entire supernatural order, with all its wealth and variety of wonders, is in a manner summed up and contained: 'He hath made a remembrance of His wonderful works, a merciful and gracious Lord; He hath given food to them that fear Him' (Psalm 110:4-5). For whereas God has subordinated the whole supernatural order to the Incarnation of His Word, in virtue whereof salvation has been restored to the human race, according to those words of the Apostle; 'He bath purposed...to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in Him' (Eph 1:9-10), the Eucharist, according to the testimony of the holy Fathers, should be regarded as in a manner a continuation and extension of the Incarnation. For in and by it the substance of the incarnate Word is united with individual men, and the supreme Sacrifice offered on Calvary is in a wondrous manner renewed, as was signified beforehand by Malachy in the words: 'In every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to My name a pure oblation' (Mal 1:2)." [Pope Leo XIII, Mirae Caritas, 7]
The white set has a Marian motif. While it can be used for any feast day requiring white, it is especially suited to our Lady's Saturday. This day the Mother of God bore her grief without losing faith in her Son. Indeed the blue of the Cross is deep and dark enough to make the set perfect for Our Lady of Sorrows.
The red set was used for the first time today (Votive Mass of the Holy Ghost). The white set will be first used tomorrow (the Mass intention being for a soul's eternal rest).