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The Bhagavad Gita


The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morely

Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Arthur Edward Waite

Church Vestments: Their Origin Use, and Ornament, Praticaly Illustrated

by Anastasia Dolby


10 ft. wide, and made, without gores or slope of any kind from top to bottom, of four breadths of fine lawn of 30 in. wide.

Length behind when made . . . . 4 ft. 9 in.

Length before . . . . 4 ft. 5 in.

Depth of shoulder band . . . 8£ in.

Width of same . . . . \\ in.

Length of sleeve, outside of arm . . . 2 ft. i£ in.

Width of sleeve at wrist, folded in two, when

made . . . . . 6£ in.

Width of sleeve half way up . 9^ in.

Width of sleeve at top . . . 11 in.

Sleeve gussett $\ in. square, when made.

Length of neck-band . . . 2 ft. 2^ in.

Width of same . . . . 1^ in.


Opening down front, which is a simple slit with a narrow hem down one side, and one

rather wider to lap over on the other . 13^ in.

Hem of skirt and of wrist .... I £ in. wide.

Needlework border, above hem of skirt . . \ * • j

'I wide.

„ „ above hem of sleeve . 1^ to 3 in.

Plate 35 suggests designs for borders in chain-stitch for albs. IV.


'I "HE Girdle is used by every priest to confine his alb. In -*- ancient times it was not only as "the curious girdle of "the ephod" made of "gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, "and fine twined linen," but was often richly embroidered, and embellished with precious stones.

Originally, the girdle was not formed as now of a twisted cord, but resembled in make and ornamentation the flat and somewhat broad belts or zones with which we are so familiar in illustrations of regally-arrayed figures of the middle ages, only that the latter hung down in two long ends in front of the wearer, while that of the priest terminated in front by the hook or the clasp which fastened it about the waist. The will of the Conqueror's wife contains the following bequest:—

"I give to the abbey of the Holy Trinity my tunic worked at "Winchester by Alderet's wife, and the mantle embroidered "with gold, which is in my chamber, to make a cope. Of my "two golden girdles, I give that which is ornamented with "emblems for the purpose of suspending the lamp before the "great altar."

In various parts of holy writ the use of the girdle is indicated and enjoined. The Eternal Father deigned to signalize, over and over again, the girdle which was to be made for Aaron, "to

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"minister unto Him in the priest's office." The prophet Isaiah, in his foreshadowing of the Messiah, speaks of that righteousness and faithfulness, which shall be the girdle of His loins.

Our blessed Lord himself exhorts His disciples to "let their "loins be girded about, and their lights burning;" and St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, bids them stand in "the whole "armour of God, having their loins girt about with truth."

It is this girdle, with all its glorious precedents and attributes, which the holy Church, in her desire to perpetuate the use of all things that have a sacred import, orders to be worn at this day, the same as in the beginning, as a part of the sacerdotal garments in which every priest of the altar must be vested before he can officiate at the solemn service of the Mass.

Dr. Rock, in speaking of the girdle, says:—" Very appropri"ately is it made a portion of the ceremonial attire belonging to "the sanctuary, and is eloquently emblematical of that chastity "and unsullied purity with which both priest and people should "anxiously endeavour to array themselves before they dare to "pass the threshold of a temple sacred to the Lord of spotless "holiness; 'Gird,' says the minister, as he binds it on, 'gird my "reins, O Lord, with the girdle of purity; extinguish in my "heart the fire of concupiscence; and may the flames of thy "holy love consume every earthly affection, everything therein "that is unworthy of thee.'"

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