The December 15 the diocese of Avila celebrated in the Cathedral the inauguration of its José María Gil Tamayo. The ceremony was attended by 68 prelates, including Cardinals and Bishops and numerous civil authorities, as well as hundreds of faithful who accompanied their new bishop on this day.
For the celebration, the new bishop was clothed with a set of textile ornaments - chasuble, stole and miter - made in our workshops, which were a gift from the staff of the Episcopal Conference.
On the other hand, the staffwas a gift from Archbishop Antonio Montero, who ordained him to the priesthood in his day. episcopal ringa gift from his mother.
ELABORATION OF THE CHASUBLE
Two types of fabric have been used to make the chasuble, which is handmade: gold brocade silk damask and red natural silk satin. The part incorporates openwork gallons gold and a braided embroidery of velvet ribbons in red and maroon.
The design has, on the front side, as the main motif, a embroidered chrismidentical to the one found in San Andrés, considered the oldest church in Ávila. Specifically, the chrism is located in the nave of an arch at the entrance.
The peculiar neck chosen for the chasuble simulates the ancient way of putting on the amyttes.
The chasuble incorporates on the back the episcopal coat of arms, in the center is an oak tree under a star corresponding to the heraldic shield of the surname Gilof Extremaduran origin, which symbolizes fortitude as a virtue.
A red band crosses the shield diagonally and incorporates, on its upper part, the Chrismon, symbol of Christ and reason for priestly life and at the bottom the "M", the symbol of the Virgin Mary as intercessor and motherCrossed with the band, we find the cane of St. Teresa of JesusThe new bishop's coat of arms also bears a Latin motto, 'Non ministrari sed ministrare' ('Non ministrari sed ministrare'), which symbolizes the Teresian phrase 'It is time to walk', in reference to "a Church on the way, missionary, as Pope Francis asks"."I have not come to be served, but to serve.") from the Gospel of St. Matthew, as a sign that the new bishop wants to "present himself as a true servant of the People of God in imitation of Christ".you can find more pictures on the page here