St. Francis cope and mitre presented to Bishop Marc

Posted on October 7, 2008
Bishop Marc in St. Francis cope and mitre On Saturday, October 4, the feast of St Francis, at the Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill, Bishop Marc was presented with a St Francis cope and matching mitre by the members of the Diocesan Altar Guild Sewing Room. The cope, the gift of the Diocesan Altar Guild, has been two years in the making. Its design was based on Bishop Marc’s request for a cope that reflected the diversity of the diocese.

The cope, made of Dupioni silk, has a warm tan exterior and a blue interior that reflect the hills and waters of our diocese. The back of the cope shows St. Francis and St. Clare on either side of the tree of life topped by a hood reflecting the sun, moon, and stars. Many area birds and animals are appliquéd on the cope body and lining, reflecting the diverse plants and animals of this region. The figure of St. Francis is based on the beautiful stained glass window at St. Francis, Novato. The orphrey bands along the front edges of the cope and the rim of the mitre are a pattern called cathedral windows and reflect the bishop’s chair.

Marjorie Pettyjohn and Anne Holly with Bishop MarcThe cope was designed by members of the sewing room under its chair, Marjorie Pettyjohn (pictured at right), with principal design input from Anne Holly (pictured at right). Other contributors were Joanna Henrichs, Katherine Henwood, and Martha Jewett.

The occasion for the presentation was the semiannual general meeting of the Diocesan Altar Guild, combined with the fall United Thank Offering ingathering.