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. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

On the Feast of the Epiphany

On the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, we are pleased to present these vestments, recently completed for an English customer.  Our customer commissioned the vestments in the Studio's  Saint Giles style, as a gift for a priest of the Oxford Oratory.

The chasuble (shewn adjacent), was sewn from an Italian lampas in colours of silver, straw and taupe and was ornamented with an orphrey in blue with medallions in applique-work.  A galloon based on the work of AWN Pugin outlined this orphrey. The vestments were lined in a blue silk taffeta of a vibrant shade common in the mediaeval period.

Our customer kindly supplied us with a photograph of the vestments being worn for the celebration of Mass (during the Christmas Octave in the private chapel of his London residence), which are grateful to reproduce below.

Please click on the images for an enlarged view.

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Figure 2.
Father Dominic Jacob of the Oxford Oratory
offering Mass in a private chapel in London.

Image : Courtesy of Mr Anthony Jeffery.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Saint Philip Neri Festal Vestments

At the beginning of the New Year, the Saint Bede Studio is pleased to offer this post about a set of vestments in the Saint Philip Neri style. These vestments were prepared for a priest in Hong Kong celebrating the Jubilee of his Ordination.

The vestments are made from a beautiful silk damask, ivory-coloured. The ornament, in the Roman style, is formed from outlining galloons, enriching a silk brocade in ivory and gold thread. The lining is of taffeta in a sunny shade of gold.

Please click on the adjacent image for an enlarged view.

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To all readers of this blog, our best wishes for God's abundant Blessings in 2017.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

On Saint Thomas Becket's Day

On this feast-day of Saint Thomas Becket, we are pleased to illustrate this new set of vestments, now familiar to readers of this Blog. These vestments were made for a young priest in Germany, a returning customer.

Posts describing the venerable chasuble of Saint Thomas (which was in the semi-conical form), can be viewed here and here.

The design of the chasuble shewn adjacent is a variation on the Studio's  Saint Martin chasuble, which is an ample but surprisingly lightweight chasuble.  Although visually similar to the original Becket chasuble, there is no attempt to produce an exact replica of it.

The vestments are made from an English silk damask, which is fully lined in blue taffeta. A narrow braid, designed by the Studio in an early mediaeval style, was used to ornament the vestments in the distinctive manner.

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Monday, 26 December 2016

The Christmas Season

During the Christmas Season, we are pleased to present this chasuble which was made as a gift for an Ordinand in Chilé.

Somewhat different from the typical vestments of the Saint Bede Studio, this chasuble was made from silk taffeta of a distinctive burnished-gold colour. The chasuble is unlined and is ornamented with a lovely old braid amongst the Studio's collection in colours of brown, straw-gold and green.

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

A Blessed Christmas

To all friends, customers and readers of this Blog, sincere wishes for a Blessed Christmas.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill be made low; the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain; and the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
Isaiah 40:4-5.

Michael Sternbeck
The Saint Bede Studio.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

During Advent

In 2012, the Saint Bede Studio received a special commission from the Church of Saint Birinus in Oxfordshire (UK) to make a set of vestments for Advent. Saint Birinus has adopted various usages from the Sarum Rite for their celebrations of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. During the Season of Advent they use an English blue.

To accompany the existing chasuble, a dalmatic has now been made from a lovely English ecclesiastical brocade, in two tones of blue, ornamented with a narrow braid in colours of Royal blue, gold, red and white.  This braid was designed by the Saint Bede Studio.

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The small Gothic Revival Church of Saint Birinus
in Oxfordshire, UK.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Maria Regina

Father Brian O'Donnell of the Co-Cathedral of S' Joseph,
Burlington (Vermont, USA) offering Mass
on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
in a Maria Regina chasuble.

Perusing the blog The New Liturgical Movement, we were pleased to find - amongst a sea of "Roman" chasubles - a set of Maria Regina vestments and a simple linen albe worn by our customer, Father Brian O'Donnell, of the Diocese of Burlington (Vermont USA). We are pleased to include these photographs here, which Father made available to The New Liturgical Movement.

During the Mass in S' Joseph's Co-Cathedral
on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Image: From The New Liturgical Movement blog.