St Dunstan High Mass Vestment
This chasuble, which belongs to the Society of Jesus, has been pieced together from orphreys of different styles and periods, the middle orphrey of the back being fifteenth century and the ones to either side being somewhat earlier.
The saints depicted on the orphreys are those who were held in particular veneration at Canterbury, and originally came from a cope probably used in Canterbury cathedral and made by the monks themselves. Br. Houghton came to repair it in 1829 and substituted the worn-out orphrey which formed the back central panel for the present one. The saints depicted are as follows:
Back left of chasuble (top to bottom): St Dunstan robed as a bishop in the act of pinching the devil's nose with his tongs. Below him St Blaise, bishop of Sebaste, and lastly St Elphege, the martyred bishop of Canterbury who died in 1012.
Right: St Odo, overcoming the unbelief of two clerics on the subject of the Holy Eucharist by the outpouring of blood at the breaking of the Host. Below, the shrine of St Thomas of Canterbury, before which a leprous boy is being healed, and lastly a scene depicting the raising of a dead child on the spot where St Thomas had been wont to administer confirmation to the poor on his way to London.
Middle: St Philip, St Paul, St John the Baptist.
Front embroideries of Saints Peter, Paul and the Martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket.
This vestment was traditionally used on the feasts of the Ascension and the Immaculate Conception.