Saturday, 16 March 2019

Festal Gothic Revival vestments

Saint AustinThe Studio has recently produced these vestments for a returning customer, a priest of the Diocese of Columbus (Ohio).  Since our customer's parish is dedicated to Saint Patrick, a festal chasuble with green in its ornamental scheme was requested.

The chasuble was made from a lovely English ecclesiastical brocade and lined in a soft-shade of green taffeta.  The ornament was formed from one of the Studio's unique braids, ChiRho.

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

On the importance of returning thanks

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee.  As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance,  they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice.  He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.  Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

Saint Luke's Gospel 17:11-19 in the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

In this Lenten Season

AWN Pugin
On this First Sunday of Lent, we are pleased to present this recently-completed chasuble for the penitential seasons.  The vestments are made from a deeper shade of violet ecclesiastical brocade and are lined in Royal blue taffeta.  This ample chasuble in the Gothic Revival style is ornamented with one of the Studio's unique braids, based on a design by AWN Pugin.

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Enquiries : At this page.

Friday, 1 March 2019

As Lent Approaches

Conical vestments
The Saint Bede Studio recently completed a chasuble in a semi-conical form for a priest customer in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (USA).

This is a chasuble in Roman purple dupion silk and ornamented with one of the Studio's unique braids.  The vestments were lined in red silk.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Hymn to Our Lady Help of Christians

A 20th century Australian hymn to Our Lady, Help of Christians

Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians,
Miguel Hidalgo, Federal District, Mexico

Image : Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca
Help of Christians, guard this land,
From assault or inward stain;
Let it be what Christ has planned
His new Eden, where you reign.

Teach us that in Christ your Son
Lies the wisdom to be free;
For the Cross, which we would shun,
Is man's Tree of Liberty.

Should the powers of hell arise,
And our peace be trampled down,
In that night of blood and lies
Show us still your twelve-starred crown.

Take from us the coward heart,
Fleeting will, divided mind,
Give us sight to play our part,
Through the world around is blind.

Image of the risen life
Shining in eternity,
Glimmer through our earthly strife,
Draw us to your victory.

By Professor James MacAuley 
with music by Richard Connolly.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Australia's Pioneering Catholic Bishop

The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev'd Anthony Fisher O.P., has approved the publication of a card commemorating the life of his predecessor, 

Archbishop Polding was the pioneering Catholic bishop in Australia, being appointed Vicar Apostolic of the entire continent in 1835, and subsequently Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of Australia in 1842.  

Archbishop Fisher indicated that he wished to see devotion to Archbishop Polding spread throughout the Archdiocese, Australia and beyond.

Part of the commemorative card is shewn in the adjacent image.  Artwork for the card was carried out by The Saint Bede Studio.

Read more about Archbishop Polding and the history of the Catholic Church in Australia at our other blog In Diebus Illis.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Priestly Ordinations 2018 : 5

Each year, the Saint Bede Studio has the privilege of preparing sacred vestments for priestly Ordinands.  Happily, 2018 was no exception.

In this belated post, we are especially pleased to draw attention to the ordination of an Australian Father Namora Anderson of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.  Father Anderson was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in the Cathedral of Saint Christopher on 7th September last by the Archbishop of Canberra & Goulburn, the Most Rev'd Christopher Prowse.

Father Anderson commissioned a set of festal vestments from the Studio in the Gothic Revival style for his Ordination, in addition to a linen albe.  The vestments were made from a beautiful English damask in a shade of ivory and ornamented with Puginesque braids of the Studio's design, in colours of red, burgundy and platinum-gold.  The vestments were lined in a wine red-coloured taffeta.

Father Anderson supplied the photographs included in this post, which were taken by Giovanni Portelli.

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

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019


The Studio Office has been unattended for the ten days and will remain so for another several days.  E-mail correspondence will be attended to in the week beginning 4th February.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

In Christmastide

We are pleased to present this set of vestments made for an esteemed customer of the Saint Bede Studio from the Archdiocese of Salzburg (Austria). 

Our customer especially wished for a set of vestments that might be used throughout the Season of Christmas.

The vestments are made from an ecclesiastical brocade in a brighter shade of white and lined in a golden taffeta.  Ornamenting the chasuble is the Studio's braid Saint Chad, directly based on a set of vestments designed by AWN Pugin for the Catholic Cathedral of Birmingham (UK).

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We take this opportunity to wish God's Blessings throughout 2019 upon all our customers and readers of this blog.

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