Wednesday 18 January 2023

Forthcoming Vestment Mending Workshops

The Guild of St Clare will be holding vestment mending workshops alongside server training with the Society of St Tarcisius on the following dates:

18 February 2023, Vestment Mending day at St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street, London, 10.30am-3.30pm

22 April 2023 Vestment Mending day at St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill, London, 10.30am-3.30pm

17 June 2023, Vestment Mending day at St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street, London, 10.30am-3.30pm

For more information, contact Lucy at

Saturday 14 January 2023

Places available on February's Sewing Retreat

Our next Sewing Retreat is in three weeks, and we still have a few places available. The dates are 3rd-5th February 2023, and it will take place at Park Place Pastoral Centre, Fareham. 

For more information have a look at our website or watch this mini-documentary made by Peter Jones of One of Nine at last year's February retreat.

Friday 13 January 2023

Reliquary Clasp at the Musée de Cluny, Paris

Lucy writes: I recently paid a visit to the Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris (known as the Musée de Cluny) and was very excited by one particular exhibit, a Reliquary Clasp from the mid-fourteenth century. Its origins are uncertain but it would have been used to fasten a ceremonial garment, quite likely a Cope.

It is very large, 18.5cm in diameter. The medallions around the outer rim of the clasp are in fact little philatories, transparent reliquaries which would once have contained relics. It's possible to see tiny labels inside, of the sort that generally accompany relics giving a description, but the relics themselves are absent.

I couldn't help thinking what a magnificent addition this would make to some of the Copes we are asked to repair. I'll definitely be having a look on Etsy to see if I can find anything similar!

Sunday 1 January 2023

Guild of St Clare mugs for sale

Exciting news from the Guild of St Clare: we now have our own merchandise! Our beautiful bone china mugs, which have the logo on them as well as the Guild of St Clare prayer, are available for sale from the Latin Mass Society shop

The perfect gift for the ecclesiastical stitcher

The Guild prayer, from the 1957 edition of the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (the Raccolta), is Jesu, via, veritas et vita, miserere nobis (Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life, have mercy on us).

The Raccolta says of this prayer, that "The faithful who devote themselves without compensation to the making and repairing of church ornaments and liturgical vestments, either privately or in institutes founded for this purpose, as often as they devoutly recite the above invocation, while engaged in this work, that they may thus sanctify their labour still more, may gain an indulgence of 300 days." This specific indulgence was abolished in the reform of indulgences of 1967and replaced with a partial indulgence.

No vestment mending session would be complete without a cup of something: and what better vessel for it than this mug with its helpful reminder of the available indulgence on it? Our supply is limited so buy now before they're all gone!