Saturday, 22 November 2014

On the Feast of Christ the King

The vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph were prepared for a parish community in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (Texas USA).

This chasuble, in the Saint Bede Studio's Saint Austin design, is made from a lovely silk damask in shades of silver-grey and straw and is lined in a complementing shade of taffeta. The vestments are ornamented with a new orphrey braid of the Studio's own design in colours of burgundy and gold upon red.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Enquiries with the Studio and 2015 Commissions

Each day, the Studio receives a significant number of e-mail enquiries about vestments and related matters. It is not possible for these messages to receive immediate attention.

In this age, we are accustomed to instantaneous responses to e-mails, tweets, Facebook posts etc. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this ethos is not entirely embraced by The Saint Bede Studio.

Every message received here is answered, but sometimes this can take 7 - 10 days; sometimes longer.

Because of the large number of commissions which the Studio has received in the last few months and is trying to manage, it will not be possible for any new enquiries to be commenced before the second half of 2015.

Your kind patience is appreciated.

Friday, 14 November 2014

For the Season "Per Annum" 2014 : 2

conical vestments
For a newly-ordained priest in the Diocese of Sioux City (Iowa USA) the Saint Bede Studio has prepared a set of green vestments in the semi-conical form.

These vestments were made from an English ecclesiastical brocade and lined in burgundy-coloured taffeta. The unusual decorative scheme is adapted from the French monastic style of the early - mid 20th century. A chevron in black brocade is surmounted by the traditional TAU orphrey and highlighted with narrow galloons.

The braid used for the orphrey is a new design of the Saint Bede Studio, being freely-based on Carolingian and Celtic decorative schemes.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Priestly Ordinations 2014 : 14

Each year, the Saint Bede Studio has the privilege of preparing sacred vestments for Ordinands. Happily, this year has been no exception : indeed the number of requests for such vestments has been more than double previous years.

This post concerns Father Andrej Naglič, of the Archdiocese of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Father Naglič's parish commissioned vestments made in the Borromeon form for his First Holy Mass. The chasuble (shewn in adjacent photographs) was made from an ecclesiastical brocade in white and was ornamented with a braid specially designed by the Saint Bede Studio in colours of red, burgundy and gold in the Roman style. The vestments were lined in rust-red silk.

Early 15th century Church of Saint Jacob, Ribno (Slovenia).

Because this is the first commission the Studio has had from Slovenia, we asked a seminarian and reader of this Blog Mr Rok Pogačnik (from Father Naglič's parish) to write an account of this special occasion. Rok also kindly provided us with a number of photographs for inclusion:

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Interior of Saint Jacob's Church.
The archdiocese Ljubljana was happy to welcome two new priests in year 2014. One of them is Father Andrej Naglič. As is the tradition in Slovenia, the ordination to the Holy Priesthood was scheduled on 29th June, the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. In the following weeks the newly ordained priests celebrate their First Masses in their home parishes, leading many celebrations. A tradition is that the parish provides and gives the vestments to the ordinand for the celebration. 

The First Mass of Father Naglič took place in the Parish of Ribno on a sunny Sunday morning, 6th July. Father Naglič was driven to the ancient parish church of Saint Jacob, built in year 1400, with gothic frescoes from around the year 1500. Ribno is located just a few kilometres from Bled, which is a very attractive town, rich in culture and known for its beauty.


During the First Holy Mass.
The 16th century frescoes  are shewn on the apse wall.

Father Naglič was received by the parish priest Father Kušar, who vested him in a stole at the church door and a solemn invocation to the Holy Spirit in the church was made: Father Naglič knelt down in prayer during the singing of Veni Creator Spiritus. The newly-ordained priest was greeted with two short speeches and then the Oremus pro Pontifice was sung. Father Naglič took an opportunity to greet the parishioners and gave them his blessing. Afterwards, he went to pray at the grave of his father and the Responsorium pro Defunctis was prayed. Father Naglič vested for the Holy Mass and sang his First Mass for the flock of his home village. The Missa de Angelis with arrangements of late Cardinal Bartolucci was sung. 


The Incensation of the altar.

Solemn Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was held in the evening, together with the Te Deum in the church of Saint Lenart, Bodešče.

Please pray for Father Naglič and for all newly-ordained priests.

Enquiries: stbede62@gmail.com


The rear of Father Naglic's chasuble.

Friday, 7 November 2014

For the Season "Per Annum" 2014

Chasuble
The vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph were prepared for a parish community in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (Texas USA).

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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Enquiries: stbede62@gmail.com

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Priestly Ordinations 2014 : 13

Each year, the Saint Bede Studio has the privilege of preparing sacred vestments for Ordinands. Happily, this year has been no exception : indeed the number of requests for such vestments has been more than double previous years.

This post concerns a set of Gothic Revival vestments,  shewn in the adjacent photograph. The vestments were made from a silk damask in a muted shade of gold which was ornamented with an orphrey braid and narrow galloons based on the work of AWN Pugin. The vestments were lined in red cotton.

Please pray for all newly-ordained priests.

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Enquiries: stbede62@gmail.com

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Blessed Paul VI : 3


On 21st June, 1963, GIOVANNI BATTISTA MONTINI, Cardinal-Archbishop of Milan, was elected Pope by the College of Cardinals and took the name Paul VI. 

Pope Paul VI's Pontificate spanned the years of the Second Vatican Council and the troubled years which followed it.  He died on 6th August, 1978 at the age of 80 and is buried in the crypt of Saint Peter's Basilica. He was beatified on 19th October, 2014.

This post presents images of Pope Paul between 1965 and 1978. This marks a distinct phase in the Liturgical aesthetics of Papal Ceremonies. Monsignor Dante having retired from the role of Prefect of Pontifical Ceremonies in 1965, this role was assumed into the wider responsibilities of none-other than Monsignor Annibale Bugnini. Immediately a much simpler form of papal ceremonial and vesture was introduced: the rest is history.

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Pope Paul offering Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation
during his Apostolic Voyage to the Holy Lands, 1964.


During a Mass of Ordination in S' Peter's, 1965.


Pope Paul blessing the Faithful from the central loggia
of S' Peter's, December 1965.
The use of a pastoral staff for Papal Ceremonies
had been introduced in that year.


Pope Paul being carried through S' Peter's Square at the
Closing Ceremony of the Second Vatican Council,
8th December, 1965.


On the Feast of the Epiphany, 1967.
For this Feast each year, Pope Paul would wear the
elaborately decorated chasuble shewn here.


In between: Pope Paul wearing newly-designed
Marian vestments together with the "Vatican Two" albes.
He also wearing gloves for the celebration of Pontifical Mass.
January 1967.


Pope Paul arriving at the High Altar in Saint Peter's for the Opening Mass
of the first Synod of Bishops in 1967.
On the righthand of the picture can be seen the then Secretary of State,
Cardinal Villot (with mitre) and the next to him (without mitre)
the then Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Gilroy.


May 1969.  Newly-Elevated members of the Sacred College
concelebrate with Pope Paul in Saint Peter's Basilica.
When concelebration was re-introduced in Rome after 1965, it was customary
for the concelebrants to completely encircle the Altar of the Confession
in the Basilica.  This practice was dropped with the introduction
of the New Order of Mass in 1970. 


Pope Paul kneeling before the Holy Door after its
Opening on 25th December 1974.


Pope Paul preaching.


Pope Paul giving his Blessing to the Faithful in S' Peter's Square
March 1976.


Laetare Sunday, 1978.
Pope Paul in a beautiful set of rose-coloured vestments.


Pope Paul during one of his last appearances in
S' Peter's Square, March 1978.


Pope Paul lying-in-state at Castelgandolfo
7th August, 1978.
Changes to ceremonial for the death of a Pope are manifest here in the
simplex mitre rather than the cloth gold mitre being used for burial.