The sacristans set out Cardinal Manning's Cope for Solemn Vespers and Benediction this afternoon. It is a wonderful vestment, and I had Fr Slawek (our equally wonderful chaplain) model it after the service.
It bears the Cardinal's bold motto: Malo Mori Quam Foedari (I prefer to die rather than to be compromised), and is in extremely good condition. The fabric is purple silk with gold thread, embroidered on the hood and orphrey in raised and padded work - it is late 19th century, and probably Italian.
Cardinal Henry Edward Manning (1808 - 1892) was second Archbishop of Westminster and (to my mind) the greatest, deserving comparison with his contemporary Cardinal Newman. It was a thrill to wear this vestment, connected to such a great prelate.