Dalmatic
1725-1825
43.5" x 53"
Ceremonial Objects, Devotional Objects, Textile, Silk, satin, with metallic threads
Region: Mexico
This dalmatic features highly ornate embroidery and richly detailed borders. Red has a dual imagery: On one hand, red symbolizes the shedding of blood and is therefore used on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, any other commemoration of the Lord's passion, the votive Mass of the Precious Blood, the days marking the martyrdom of the apostles (except St. John), and the feasts of other martyrs who offered their lives for the faith.

On the other hand, red also signifies the burning fire of God's love. For this reason red vestments are worn on Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and tongues of fire rested on their heads; for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation; and for the votive Masses of the Holy Spirit.