Funeral Pall Commemorates Victims of Titanic Disaster

The 1,517 lives lost in the Titanic tragedy will be commemorated in a hand–crafted funeral pall which will be dedicated in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, a century after the disaster. The 12ft X 8ft pall has been made by Helen O’Hare and Wilma Kirkpatrick, textile artists at the University of Ulster. After commemorative events this year, it will remain in the cathedral to be used at funerals when required.

For images of the pall and more information, please visit the Church of Ireland’s Web site.

H/T: Martin Browne.


      1. The required color is white in the revised funeral rites of the Catholic Church. Anyone have any idea what the Church of Ireland practice is though? That would, seem to be controlling here!

      2. No color is specified in the Irish BCP for funeral rites.

        Exciting Holiness, the sanctoral propers for the Anglican Provinces of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, specifes “Purple, or Black, or White” for November 2.

        Violet and black palls are common in traditionally Romanized Anglo-Catholic settings (pre-Vatican II-style); white is customary in more contemporary settings — and this not just in Ireland, but the UK and the US as well.

      1. Yes. Especially when you consider that black-dyed cloth would often fade into those shades over the years.

  1. Guys! It wasn’t a comment on the very lovely pall; it was a comment on those here who insist that unless the funeral vestments are black, the people at the funeral are in denial.

  2. I guess we needed an irony alert. I did think it was an unusual comment from you.

    Wonder what relation the blue color has to the blue of the Dean’s gown? cassock?

    Maybe someone can elaborate on the rules for gown or cassock colors. I think I have seen gray sometimes.

    The local Orthodox pastor wears a white cassock during paschal time.

  3. Jack – maybe he has a strong to devotion to Mary? Just a guess. I thought it was interesting that he mentioned the cathedral didn’t have a pall. Imagine that.
    In all seriousness, this pall sounds (and looks) beautiful – and at least it have some thought behind it.

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