Wednesday, 9 March 2011

As Lent Begins

The Saint Bede Studio recently completed the vestments shewn in the adjacent photograph for a priest resident at the Pontifical North American College, Rome.  This chasuble is in the style  known now as Saint Philip Neri, common in the 16th century, although less ample than the measurements set down by S' Charles Borromeo. 

Although there are many different shades used for Lenten 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 through until the 19th 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 a silver-grey and are lined in the same colour. The vestments are ornamented in the Roman manner.

Click on the image for an enlarged view.