Saturday 22 December 2012

Sarum Vestments for Advent

The Saint Bede Studio received a special commission from the Church of S' Birinus in Oxfordshire (UK) to make a set of vestments for Advent.  S' Birinus has adopted various usages from the Sarum Rite for their celebrations of the Ordinary Form.

Adjacent photographs of the church shew the altar (arranged for ad orientem celebrations) in a small English chancel behind a beautiful rood screen.  This screen has been enriched in recent years with gilding and polychrome work and surmounted by a beautiful Rood Group of the Crucified with the Blessed Virgin and Saint John.

The Church of S' Birinus, Oxfordshire.
Photograph: Fr Lawrence Lew OP

The vestments were made from a lovely English ecclesiastical brocade, in two tones of blue, ornamented with a narrow braid in colours of Royal blue, gold, red and white.  This braid, in the early Gothic style, was designed by the Saint Bede Studio to coincide with the Pugin bicentenary year.  It will be noticed that the chasuble is in the semi-conical style.  When wearing the chasuble, it folds up from the bottom, horizontally, rather than in the vertical drapes of a standard ample chasuble.

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The Church of S' Birinus, Oxfordshire
Photograph: GothPhil (Flickr).