I enjoyed this video on The dress code of the Royals.
My mother-in-law remembers as a girl signing up to to take care of the church flowers and the dusting of the sanctuary while the boys signed up to serve at the altar. There were also guilds of laywomen that cultivated their skills in sacred embroidery. They made beautiful vestments, apparels, altar cloths, cinctures, kneeler cushions, baptism gowns, rosaries and scapulars. The women and girls were involved in their parish in a feminine way. But these roles are hard to find or to build up today. Sadly, they do not seem to be as appreciated. And although they may not be as obvious as the masculine roles, they are still important.
In my search to find more of these guilds, I came across some beautiful pieces and one amazing guild. Here is a piece from St. Martha’s Guild gallery:
And Here is A Chasuble made by St. Therese:
I am no where near this level of course, but the St. Martha Guild is encouraging and they suggest to start with something small like a scapular or ornament. Here is one of the Jesse Tree ornaments I made in hopes of improving my embroidery skills :
I enjoyed this article concerning the history of the Paten. It is thoughtfully and reverntly presented: How Something We Consider Solidly Traditional Was Once Thought Strangely Progressive & Barely To Be Tolerated a Brief Study of the Communion (chin) Paten
St. Joseph’s leadership is a model for husbands, The Blessed Virgin Mary’s submission is a model for wives, the Christ Child’s obedience a model for children. Their lives exemplified virtue, truths of our Faith and tradition, not outdated pleasantries. So dear modern Catholics, stop it with the mutual submission talk. Marriage is hierarchical. St. Joseph’s leadership wasn’t a trump card, it was a constant. It wasn’t peripheral, it was central. His authority was God given and respected. He was the head, the head of the Holy Family our ideal!