GIRM 344: Material and Design

A brief, but important section:

344. It is fitting that the beauty and nobility of each vestment not be sought in an abundance of overlaid ornamentation, but rather in the material used and in the design. Ornamentation on vestments should, moreover, consist of figures, that is, of images or symbols, that denote sacred use, avoiding anything unbecoming to this.

Ornamentation in abundance, that is: design aspects for the mere purpose of making something look busy instead of decorative–could be considered the easy and cheap way out. The authentic Roman Catholic judgment is to be found in the quality of the material and in the design–not the peripherals.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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