Embroidery on a black cope at St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London NW6. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

In his booklet abut the church, "H.H.J" writes, "Besides the Eucharistic garments, we have the cope, a richly embroidered cloak, worn in processions and at other times, rather for splendour than for any symbolical meaning" (26). This one, with its embroidered crucifixion scene, would seem to be appropriate for a processional during Lent, at Passiontide: talking about liturgical colours, Dr J. Wickham Legg mentions "the modern use of black on Good Friday" (91).

Photographs by John Salmon, with thanks to St Augustine's Church; text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use the images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit John Salmon and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.

Related Material


J., H. H. S. Augustine's Church, Kilburn. A Short Account of Its Structure, Vestments, and Other Works of Art. London: Morton & Burt, 1894. Hathi Trust. From a copy in the library of Princeton University. Web. 28 April 2021.

Legg, Dr. J. Wickham. "Notes on the History of the Liturgical Colours." Transactions of St Paul's Ecclesiological Society. 1885. 95-134. Google Books. Free Ebook.

Created 27 April 2021