Westminster priests given new vestments for first time in 30 years

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, auxiliary bishops and 350 priests and deacons of the Diocese of Westminster wore a new design of diocesan vestments when they celebrated the annual Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral on April 3.

Colours and geometrical patterns of Westminster Cathedral are key features of the new vestments, which replace a previous design dating from 1982. A new mitre for the Archbishop of Westminster has also been produced, with its design matching that of the vestments.

Fr Slawomir Witon, one of the leaders of the design project said: “The decorative pattern includes the outline of five interwoven circles, which can be seen as representing the first five books of the Old Testament or Christ surrounded by the four evangelists. The circular ‘Cosmatesque’ design is featured on the pulpit of Westminster Cathedral, and on the seat or ‘cathedra’ of the archbishop.”