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Nom de l'objet : Cope
Type de l'objet : Benediction
Catégorie de l'objet : Personal Artifacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Ceremonial Artifact
Discipline : Religious History
Matériaux : fabric, brocade
fabric, linen
metal, brass
thread, embroidery
fabric, sequence
Technique de fabrication : sewn, machine
sewn, hand
embroidered, hand
Numéro d'accession : SM 2008.8.1
Nom de la collection : Vestments
Pays d'origine : Canada
Description : Cope is made of shimmering gold brocade and is lined with gold colored linen fabric. Both brocade and linen are attached to a piece of light burlap between their layers. Back of cope has a deep shawl collar attached and extends halfway down the back of cope. Shawl is made of same fabric as main cope. Lining of shawl is red rather than the golden color of main cope. Sides of front opening from neckline to hem, are accented with strips of shimmering gold embroidery tape. Tape has scalloped edging on either side and is adorned with floral leaf designs. This same trim is sewn to front of cope thirty one centimeters from outer edge of front openings. In the space between these two strips of embroidery tape, the cope is adorned with an hourglass design made of plain gold narrow embroidery tape with gold corded scrolled designs throughout. Center of each bulb in hourglass design is accented with heavy golden floral designs each centered with small silver beading clustered together to form the center of each flower. A narrow strip of shimmering gold embroidery tape is sewn around the entire hem of garment. Shawl collar on back of cope is created in a "U" design. The edges of cope are accented with similar strips of embroidery tape as on front of gown. A large circular design made with gold colored embroidery tape is centered with a silver and red colored pelican. The pelican is made of silver thread and sequence and sits on a nest made of gold brocade and gold cording. Twenty eight rays, each made of gold sequence and thread, radiate from the pelican. Trim and accents on collar are similar to front side panels of cope. Outer edge of collar is trimmed with narrow gold braided tassels stitched closely together giving a metallic look. Collar is machine sewn to neck of cope. Cope closes in front with two brass clasps attached to either side of cope. Metal on clasp has a braided effect.
Commentaires : This beautiful cope was found in the Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel which is on the grounds of St. Peter and Paul Church in Bartibogue, New Brunswick. The cope was being stored there as it was not being used at this time by the parish. During a visit to the Chapel by Bishop Robert Harris, he suggested it be donated to St. Michael's Museum for preservation and display. The golden Benediction Cope would have been worn at Eucharistic devotions. This cope is possibly two hundred years old or older. The pelican design on the back of cope is very old. It represents the Eucharistic symbol in the Catholic Church. Mother pelican sheds her blood to feed her young, just as Jesus shed His Blood for us. The cope (known in Latin as "pluviale" or rain coat or cape) is a liturgical vestment, a very long mantle or cloak, open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp. It may be of any liturgical color. There has been little change in the character of the vestment from the earliest ages. Then, as now, it was made of a piece of silk or other cloth of semicircular shape, which distinguished it from the earlier form of chasuble, as a chasuble had straight edges sewn together in front. The only noticeable modification which the cope has undergone lies in the disappearance of the hood. Some early examples feature a triangular hood, which was intended to be of practical utility in covering the head in processions, etc., but over time the hood became merely ornamental, and is commonly represented by a sort of shield of embroidery, sometimes adorned with a fringe or tassel. The cope is a vestment of processions worn by all ranks of the clergy when assisting at a liturgical function, but it is never worn by the priest and his sacred ministers in celebrating the Mass. The cope is used, for example, in processions, in the greater blessings and consecrations, at the solemnly celebrated Liturgy of the Hours, in giving Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and the celebration of other sacraments outside of Mass. The cope usually follows the color assigned to that day in the liturgical calendar, although white may always be worn for celebrations of a joyful character or before the Blessed Sacrament, and violet may always be worn for celebrations of a penitential character. It may be made of any rich or becoming material, including cloth of gold. Owing to its ample dimensions and unvarying shape, ancient copes are preserved to us in proportionately greater numbers than other vestments and provide the finest specimens of medieval embroidery we possess.
Fonctions : This cape was worn by clergy at St. Peter and Paul Church in Bartibogue, New Brunswick.
Hauteur : 130.5
Largeur : 428
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Mention de crédit - Image : For copyright contact St. Michael's Museum.
Établissement : St. Michael's Museum & Genealogical Centre
Ville de l'établissement : Miramichi
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
Site web de l'établissement : http://www.saintmichaelsmuseum.com  

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