Saturday, 21 November 2020

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, 17 November 2020

Priestly Ordinations 2020 : 1

Notwithstanding the many difficulties faced by our customers in 2020, the Saint Bede Studio has completed a number of vestments for Ordinands in this tumultuous year.  In September, we completed a commission for a newly-ordained priest of the Pontifical North American College, Rome.  Our customer chose to have a set of festal vestments made.

The vestments were made from cotton damask in a bright white and fully lined in a wine-red taffeta.  The vestments were ornamented with one of the Studio's unique offerings, called Saint George.  The braid is in colours of platinum and burgundy upon a crimson background.

This set of vestments is in one of the Studio's Gothic Revival styles called Saint Benet.

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Enquiries This page.

Monday, 16 November 2020

Urgent Request for Prayers

Bishop Peter Elliott
Image : Tom Kwok
Your prayers are requested for the Most Reverend Peter Elliott, retired bishop-auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and renowned liturgical scholar.

On Friday, the Bishop suffered several cardiac episodes and is in a grave condition in a Melbourne hospital.

Please entrust his recovery to the intercession of our Blessed Lady.


Wednesday, 11 November 2020

The Season "Per Annum" 2020 : 3

For a returning customer, the Saint Bede Studio was pleased to complete this set of green vestments in the Gothic Revival style.  The vestments were made from a beautiful shade of green ecclesiastical brocade and were lined in a lightweight taffeta in a subdued shade of gold.  

The ornamentation was formed from one of the Studio's unique braids Saint Edmund, being used in a wider and a narrower form.

The shape of the chasuble is directly based on measurements taken of an original chasuble of AWN Pugin.

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Enquiries : This page.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Saturday, 7 November 2020

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, 4 November 2020

Election Day

A GREETING to all our readers from the United States on Election day.

God bless America.

Friday, 30 October 2020

Contrasts : 4

Images found at the blog The New Liturgical Movement.


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Saturday, 24 October 2020

Contrasts : 3 (re-posted)

Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite :
A European Parish Church.

Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite :
Conventual Mass at the Abbey of Le Barroux, France.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

On Raising the Chasuble at the Elevations (re-posted)

In the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the minister (deacon or altar server) is directed to raise the chasuble slightly in his left hand as the celebrant elevates the Sacred Host and then the Chalice. This direction is given in the Ritus Servandus VIII, 8; the Caeremoniale Episcoporum II, viii and a decision of the Congregation of Sacred Rites no. 3535.

What is the origin of this practice? It dates from that period when chasubles - conical in form - were voluminous and constrained the celebrant from raising his arms above his shoulders. Lifting the lower right hand corner of the chasuble actually enabled the celebrant a greater movement of the arms. Thus, the origin of this ceremonial action is purely practical. Much has been written about mystic and symbolic meanings as being the origin of this action, which assertions have no basis in fact.

The ceremonial books direct that the raising of the chasuble be a very subtle action. It was never intended that the chasuble be raised half-way up the celebrant's back or - worse still - be held up by both hands of the minister, making the chasuble seem like some fantastical ecclesiastical sail. Most assuredly such exaggerated movements are distracting both to the celebrant and to the congregation.

If the chasuble is not very ample at all, there is even more reason for its raising at the Elevation to be a very modest action: just a couple of inches at most. Furthermore, this gesture only accompanies the actual Elevations, and not the celebrant's accompanying genuflections.

Attached is a beautiful photograph of a Low Mass celebrated at Prinknash Abbey (UK) in 1940, illustrating perfectly how it should be done.