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.

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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

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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.