It seems that lace has made a come-back at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome! The Holy Father, a couple of bishops in deacons’ dalmatics and acting as deacons and not surprisingly at all, the Master of Ceremonies (to the right of B16 and one step behind the cross) are all in quite the elaborate lace albs and surplices. The word on the street is that this return to the “baby-doll” liturgical look is the work of Msgr. Marini, B16’s liturgical director. In contrast there is another priest (to the left and one step behind) in the traditional “look” of the Vatican since Paul VI and during the pontificate of JPII. It’s a clean, sober, elegant look without being over the top. I’ve also noticed more and more bishops in dalmatics. What’s that about? Are there not enough deacons in Rome?