Saturday, 18 February 2017

Puginesque Vestments

red vestments
A priest from Germany, a returning customer, commissioned these vestments made in the Gothic Revival form from the Saint Bede Studio. The chasuble (shewn in the adjacent photograph) was made from an ecclesiastical brocade in a shade of crimson red. The vestments were lined in royal blue taffeta.

The orphrey braid used to ornament these vestments is one of several which have been especially designed by the Saint Bede Studio. A chasuble designed by AWN Pugin in the collection of Saint Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, was the basis for the design of this braid.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Contrasts : 7

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Processions to Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form 
(above) a French Monastery,  (below) an English parish. 

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Contrasts : 6

(Above) The Ladye Chapel of Downside Abbey (UK).
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(Below) The High Altar Ottobeuren Abbey (Bavaria).
Image : The New Liturgical Movement.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Contrasts : 5

Images from the website of the Benedictine Archabbey of Saint Martin, Beuron in the Danube Valley. Above, the Abbey Church and below the Chapel of Grace attached to principal Church. Read more about the two churches of this monastery here and here.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Season "Per Annum" 2017 : 2

The set of green vestments shewn in the adjacent image was purchased as a gift for a priest.

The vestments are made from moiré bengaline also known as corded silk. The chasuble is unlined, but has a facing on the underside of the neckline to give a neat and substantial finish to the opening.

These vestments are in a beautiful, muted shade of green. The ornament is formed from a new orphrey braid designed by the Saint Bede Studio, being inspired by the art nouveau. The colours of the braid are red, green and white upon a black base.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Contrasts : 4

Images found at the blog The New Liturgical Movement.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

For the Season " Per Annum " 2017 : 1

The vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph were prepared by the Saint Bede Studio for a returning customer, a young priest from Germany.

This chasuble, in the Saint Bede Studio's Saint Austin design, is made from an English ecclesiastical brocade and is lined in taffeta. The vestments are ornamented with an orphrey braid of the Studio's own design in colours of green and gold upon red. The braid is directly based on a design by AWN Pugin.

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Friday, 20 January 2017

The Spoken Word in the Roman Liturgy : 1

Photograph from a children's Mass-book
shewing the celebration of Mass
according to the "Interim Missal".
This article is re-published to complement an article appearing on the blog The New Liturgical Movement, titled Death by Dullness : Prioritising Speech over Silence and Song. Readers are invited to read the article by Dr. Kwasnievski.

One of the characteristics of the Roman Rite until the Introduction of the Pauline Missal in 1970, was the balance it achieved between silence, singing, the spoken word and ritual action. Even the so-called Interim Rite, which had various iterations between 1964 and 1968, still preserved much of this balance.  The Roman Rite "spoke" to people on a number of levels, not just the cerebral level. Its silences spoke, its aesthetics spoke, its unique and other-worldly music spoke.

On the other hand, one of the great flaws of the Pauline Missal is that it is far too cerebral. Everything has to be comprehensible intellectually. The Council Fathers decreed that the Church's Rites had to be "intelligible", but unhappily, the Pauline Missal took this injunction too far.

The typical celebration of the New Mass, Ordinary Form - call it what you will - is very wordy. If the texts in the Missal itself weren't more than enough, we are also subjected to little commentaries, entertainments, even ferverini during the Mass. Words, words, words. Too many words.

At the same time, ritual action in the New Mass has been reduced to a minimum. Silence is imposed by the celebrant, rather than being organic to the Rite. One strange example of this, which we experience too often, is the celebrant - having preached his homily - goes and sits down and a period of silence is endured. Presumably we are to meditate on his spoken wisdom: but does anyone remember more than two sentences that he said?

Let us be very careful to avoid an overly-cerebral approach to the Sacred Liturgy (New or Old).  Might we not aim, rather, to recapture and preserve that old balance of the Roman Rite: silence and sacred music supporting the Ritual actions?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Conical vestments

We are pleased to offer this post featuring vestments made by the Saint Bede Studio for a returning customer from Germany.

These vestments were made from dupion silk of a deeper shade of crimson-red and in the semi-conical form.  The ornament of these vestments, formed from a bronze-coloured galloon, is simple but distinctive. It consists of the well-known TAU form enriched with two adjacent diagonal strips of galloon. The vestments are fully-lined in taffeta of a bronze colour.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Important Notice : 2017 Ordinands

Re-posted from 2nd January

Because of strong demand, the Studio's scheduled of commissions for the period January - August 2017 is now over-flowing. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to carry out work on any new enquiries until after that time.

Because this will disrupt the service we normally offer at this time of year to Ordinands, we wish to advise that a number of white chasuble sets will be made available for sale on this Blog during the first half of 2017 to ordinands * whose need may be urgent. These will be simpler sets, ornamented with a variety of the Studio's unique braids.

If you are considering vestments, please do not delay in contacting us, because the schedule quickly fills.


NB. No enquirer requesting a maniple will be presumed by The Saint Bede Studio to be rigid or defective in love.