Alot of you might who don't know the family may be familiar with the Thompson boys who used to serve at the altar for the Traditional Latin Mass and also Francis who still serves (though he has a broken leg right now).
There are no words that are powerful enough to assuage the hurt in your souls but please know that our prayers are offered for the whole Thompson family.
So many details, so little time.
Each item that the priest wears is laid out in a certain and specific manner and each piece has it's own prayer that the priests recites when he dons it.
The vestments are laid out "in reverse" meaning of course that the first thing the priests puts on is the last thing we lay out, each piece being laid on top of the other.
Stole - A liturgical vestment composed of a strip of material from two to four inches wide and about eighty inches long. It has either a uniform width throughout, or is somewhat narrower towards the middle, widening at the ends in the shape of a trapezium or spade. A small cross is generally sewed or embroidered on the stole at both ends and in the middle; the cross, however, is prescribed only for the middle, where the priest kisses the stole before putting it on.
It is laid in the form of an "H" laying the ends upright on the table straight and then folded back up to where the center neck portion is on the middle and this forms the crossbar of the H.
Maniple - The maniple is an ornamental vestment in the form of a band, a little over a yard long and from somewhat over two to almost four inches wide, which is placed on the left arm in such manner that it falls in equal length on both sides of the arm. It is worn only during Mass.
The Maniple is placed in the center over the stole, straight up and down to form the "I".
Cincture - The cincture is a long, rope-like cord with tassled or knotted ends, tied around the waist outside the alb. The colour may be white, or may vary according to the colour of the liturgical season.
In the form of an "S" the cincture is laid over the stole and maniple.
Alb - The alb is the large plain garment made of white linen that is worn over the priest's clothes or cassock. Adopted from the long linen tunics that the ancient Romans wore, it is said to be the oldest liturgical vestment used by the early Christians.
It is layed on the table face down with the arms folded across each other. As it hangs off the edge of the vesting table the center of the bottom of the alb is folded up to allow slipping on easily.
Amice - The amice consists of a white cloth connected to two long ribbon-like attachments, by which it is fastened around the shoulders of the priest. It is the first vestment the priest puts on and thus the last that we lay out.
It is placed flat over everything else with the string corners at the top...the strings are folded to form a sort of "butterfly" shape.
The card with the vesting prayers is set out for Father to read.
For High Mass, the maniple is not included because is laid out at the sedalia. Everything else goes on the same order except the cincture makes a P shape and the stole makes an X.
And these are some of the very small details that we see to,back in the Sacristy every Sunday!