Friday, 2 March 2012

The Pugin Bicentenary Mass at Ramsgate:
Saint Bede Studio Vestments

A Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated yesterday 1st March at Saint Augustine's Church, Ramsgate to commemorate the Bicentenary of the birth of Augustus WN Pugin (see previous post). The famed architect is buried in a chantry chapel within the church.

As an offering towards the restoration of Pugin's own church, the Saint Bede Studio presented to Saint Augustine's a chasuble set marking the Bi-centenary. The chasuble (see adjacent pictures) was used for the first time yesterday at the Bicentenary Mass.

This chasuble, dubbed The Saint Austin chasuble, is Puginesque in design and is ornamented with an orphrey in red, green and gold directly derived from Pugin's own designs.  Further information about Saint Augustine's church, Ramsgate and the bicentenary vestments will be the subject of subsequent posts.

In the meantime, we are pleased to include this link to the BBC News' coverage of the Bicentenary Mass.

Click on the images for an enlarged view.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam.