The ancient chasuble worn by Cardinal Vincent Nichols during the Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of King Richard III is to be put on public display at Ushaw College from next Saturday.
The public will have the opportunity to view the “Westminster Vestment”, which is part of the former Catholic seminary’s heritage collection, over five Saturdays starting on April 4, between 12 noon and 5pm.
The display marks the first of the college’s “Open Saturdays” which will run from April until August and which will give the public unprecedented access to beautiful and historic chapels, gardens and some parts of the buildings.
Cardinal Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, asked to wear the Westminster Vestment when he offered a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Richard III at Holy Cross Priory in Leicester last Monday.
There is a tradition that the chasuble was worn by the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey during the reign of King Richard and it is widely believed that the last Plantagenet monarch would have seen it when he attended Mass there.
During his homily Cardinal Nichols said the former king of England, whose remains were discovered in a car park in Leicester in 2012, was “a man of anxious devotion who kept and marked his own book of prayers and who must have attended Mass throughout his life”.
“During this week, Mass is being offered in many Catholic churches for the repose of the soul of King Richard III. Rightly so. That is exactly what he would have wished, having himself set up at least one chantry chapel for Masses to be celebrated for the dead of both sides of the Battle of Towton in 1461,” said the cardinal.
Having been unable to sell in churches for well over a year due to the pandemic, we are now inviting readers to support the Herald by investing in our future. We have been a bold and influential voice in the church since 1888, standing up for traditional Catholic culture and values.
Please join us on our 130 year mission by supporting us. We are raising £250,000 to safeguard the Herald as a world-leading voice in Catholic journalism and teaching. For more information from our chairman on contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund, click here
Make a Donation
Donors giving £500 or more will automatically become sponsor patrons of the Herald. This includes two complimentary print/digital gift subscriptions, invitations to Patron events, pilgrimages and dinners, and 6 gift subscriptions sent to priests, seminaries, Catholic schools, religious care homes and prison and university chaplaincies. Click here for more information on becoming a Patron Sponsor. Click here for more information about contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund