Sunday, 23 April 2017

Festal Dalmatic

Recently, the Saint Bede Studio has completed a dalmatic, shewn in the adjacent image, for a returning customer of the Diocese of Covington (Kentucky) USA. The dalmatic, ornamented in the Roman style, was made to match a chasuble previously made by the Studio.

The dalmatic was made from a lovely ecclesiastical brocade in colours of ivory and straw. It is lined in a lemon-coloured taffeta and ornamented with a narrow galloon (designed by the Studio) in colours of burgundy and gold.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Festal Vestments

During the Easter Octave, we are pleased to present these vestments which were made by the Saint Bede Studio for a priest-customer of the Diocese of Arlington (Virginia) USA.

Our customer, being quite tall, requested a very ample chasuble for Festal Days, but with a decorative scheme which made reference to the Blessed Virgin. These vestments were made from a very lightweight golden silk damask and lined in Royal Blue taffeta. The orphrey braid, of the Studio's own design, was enhanced with a galloon border in red, gold and blue.

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ad multos annos

The glory of the Day of Resurrection has an additional facet of joy this year, being the 90th birthday of our beloved Benedict XVI, formerly our Shepherd during the years 2005 - 2013.

The Church now is in troubled waters and we rely on the prayers of Pope Benedict, as we would look to a grandparent. May God grant him a clear mind and good health for the remainder of his earthly life.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Paschal Greetings 2017

To all readers of this blog and to customers and friends of the Saint Bede Studio, may many Graces be yours on the Day of our Lord's Resurrection.

In a world full of strife, violence, persecutions, hatred, abuse, etc. - all wrought by man - we look again to the optimistic Christian message that God has overcome Death and all the awfulness, frailties and disappointments of our earthly life and loves each and every poor sinner.

Christ is Risen !

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Passiontide 2017

The Saint Bede Studio recently completed a set of vestments for a young priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, USA.

These were vestments in the Saint Martin style: very ample.  The vestments were made from a purple ecclesiastical brocade and lined in a deep red shade of taffeta. They are ornamented with a narrow braid in colours of Royal Blue, red, gold and white. The distinctive arrangement of the braids is derived from the chasuble of Saint Thomas Becket at Sens Cathedral.

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Dalmatic for the Penitential Seasons

The Saint Bede Studio recently completed the vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph for a parish in the Diocese of Fall River (USA). This is one of two dalmatics and the matching chasuble is shewn in a previous post.

Although there are many different shades used for Lenten and Advent vestments (none of which has a claim to being the correct colour), nevertheless, this particular shade of violet is closer to what was used during the mediaeval period and until the beginning of the 20th century.  It is a subdued colour, but not dark, closer to the shade of the flowers violets

Instead of the ubiquitous treatment of gold ornament, these vestments are ornamented with galloons of charcoal and silver and are lined in taffeta of silver-grey. The dalmatics are ornamented in a modified form of the Roman manner.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Gremlins

In the last 10 days, the Studio has been beset by difficulties : computer, telephone and related technocrap. Although not being a slave to the modern digital age, we are nevertheless forced to be fellow-travellers.

Correspondents, please bear with us. The actual sewing-work of the Studio has, happily, continued unimpaired.

"Normal service HAS been resumed as soon as possible." Basil Fawlty.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

For Laetare Sunday 2017

Twice a year, the Church breaks the tone of its penitential seasons by the use of rose-coloured vestments.  Rose-coloured vestments were never commonplace and they still are not.  Nevertheless, you will find various pronouncements these days (usually on websites) about what the real or authentic shade of rose is which is to be used for vestments.

Newsflash: there is no official shade of Rose designated by the Church, nor has there ever been.  The reason for this is rather simple: only in the last century did the process of dyeing fabric become sufficiently sophisticated to ensure that much the same shade of a colour emerged from one batch of fabric dyeing to another.  Previous to that, dyes were derived from plants etc., made up with a great deal of labour.

Many different colours have been deemed by the Church as acceptable as liturgical rose.  Some of these are a salmon shade; some a silvery-pink, almost mushroom-colour; some close to what we would call Bishop's purple or fuchsia; and some red with overtones of gold.

Another thing is certain: Bubblegum Pink is not Rose, nor has it been a traditional variation for use on these days. Whilst not intending to get into the argument as to whether the use of a such a vibrant pink is a fitting colour for a man to wear, "Bubblegum Pink" certainly manifests a lamentable lack of liturgical good taste. Sadly, pink-coloured vestments, purporting to be Rose, are becoming increasingly commonplace and now even appear at Papal Masses.

Featured in this post is the vestment shewn above, made for a returning customer in the Borromeon style. The vestments are made from a beautiful English silk damask and the orphrey is formed from a Puginesque braid in shades of burgundy, red and ash-grey, designed by and made especially for the Studio.

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Ladye Day 2017

To commemorate our Lady's Feast, we are pleased to present this Maria Regina chasuble, recently completed for a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Maria Regina chasuble, especially intended for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, is based on the style of chasuble commonly found in England and the Low Countries in the 15th and 16th centuries: long and pointed, but reaching only to the elbows. A similar cut of chasuble was adopted by AWN Pugin at the times of his Revival of "Gothic" vestments in the 19th century. The braids to ornament these vestments were designed by the Saint Bede Studio, inspired by a Pugin orphrey.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

During the Lenten Season

Borromeon chasuble
The Saint Bede Studio recently completed the vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph for a parish in the Diocese of Fall River (USA). This chasuble is in the Borromeon style.

Although there are many different shades used for Lenten and Advent vestments (none of which has a claim to being the correct colour), nevertheless, this particular shade of violet is closer to what was used during the mediaeval period and until the beginning of the 20th century.  It is a subdued colour, but not dark, closer to the shade of the flowers Violets. 

Instead of the ubiquitous treatment of gold ornament, these vestments are ornamented with galloons of charcoal and silver and are lined in taffeta of silver-grey. The vestments are ornamented in the Roman manner.

Click on the images for an enlarged view.

Enquiries: stbede62@gmail.com


Monday, 20 March 2017

Violets are Blue (reposted)

Two shades of "violet".
Often is read here and there vigorous assertions about the "correct" colour of vestments to be used during Lent and Advent. If you have wondered what colour the Church recommends for these Seasons, you may find these posts on our Blog ( here and here) illuminating.

The adjacent photograph depicts two different shades of the colour "violet".  Violet is a blue-tinged colour: it is quite distinct from the colour purple, a shade of which is used as the choir dress for bishops and lesser prelates.

The darker of the two shades is close to that colour described as indigo.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Contrasts : 8



Two images of Solemn Mass both celebrated in Gothic Revival Churches. 

An inventive use of tapestry fabric is shewn in the "gothic" vestments (above);
whilst an anaemic colour palette and awkward construction is demonstrated
in the other, in the manner of the Spanish Baroque.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Studio Milestone

On 26th March, 2007 this Web-log of the Saint Bede Studio was commenced.  Earlier today, after 10 years, a milestone was passed with the ONE MILLIONTH visit to the Blog! In an age of frenetic social media activity, 1,000,000 visits probably doesn't seem too consequential, but for a small enterprise, such as this Studio, it is an important event and occasion to thank God for His Blessings.

The work of the Studio was commenced in 2002 (an uncertain date) and became a full-time enterprise in January 2008. It seems that over these years, 450 - 500 vestments have been made, comprising chasubles, copes and dalmatics; this figure would be doubled if we include chalice veil, burses, stoles and maniples.

Certainly, our most thrilling moment (so far?) was when we made vestments for Pope Benedict, which were used during his visit to Australia in 2008 and thereafter returned with him to Rome to live in the sacristy of Saint Peter's Basilica. Maybe one day, in better times, we will see them used again.

Our prayerful thanks to all those who have visited the Saint Bede Studio Web log over these ten years. We hope our best work is yet to come.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

As Lent Begins

This is a chasuble in the Studio's Saint Martin style, being a contemporary interpretation of the mediaeval chasuble. It is a very ample vestment and intended for use in Lent. The vestments are made from a simple silk in a darker shade of purple and ornamented in the Roman style with a braid of the Studio's own design, but based on the work of AWN Pugin. It is fully lined in crimson taffeta.

The vestment described in this post was commissioned by a young priest in the United States.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

The Season "Per Annum" 2017 : 3

Green Vestments
The vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph were prepared for a young priest from the United States.

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 blue, gold and white upon red. This orphrey incorporates a monogram of the Blessed Virgin.


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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

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

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Image : www.clerus.org

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Contrasts : 6


(Above) The Ladye Chapel of Downside Abbey (UK).
Image : https://www.flickr.com/photos/41621108@N00/

(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.

Click on the image for an enlarged view.

Enquiries: stbede62@gmail.com

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.

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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.

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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.