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.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Festal Dalmatic

In recent months, the Saint Bede Studio completed this dalmatic - one of a pair - as part of a Solemn Mass set for a returning customer in the Diocese of Charleston (USA).

The dalmatic was made from a simple brocade of cotton and rayon, ornamented with a narrow galloon and an apparel in colours of burgundy and gold.  The lining was formed from a taffeta in a brassy shade of gold.

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Monday, 5 October 2020

In the month of the Blessed Virgin

We are pleased to present in this post another of the Studio's well-known sets in honour of the Blessed Virgin Ave Maris Stella. This particular set was made from a brocade in a very muted shade of gold,with the usual lining in Royal Blue taffeta.

These vestments are ornamented with the Studio's own unique braid Stella, based on the work of AWN Pugin.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Our Work in a time of Pandemic

Greetings to all our customers and readers of this Blog.

The work of the Saint Bede Studio being carried out in a relative isolation, we have been able to continue sewing vestments during these six months in which the coronavirus has raged around the world. We consider ourselves very blessed to be able to continue our work, when others have been badly affected. Without too much difficulty, we have managed to keep to our schedule of commissions, but we have been affected - as so many others have been - by unpredictable international delivery times.

Your Christian patience is greatly appreciated.

One of our aspirations for 2020, however, has evaporated because of the restrictions in place over “socially distant” working conditions. This was our project to make “economy” vestments readily available for enquirers seeking simpler vestments. Unfortunately, this has been deferred for 2020, but we hope for improved circumstances next year.

Each day, the Studio receives a significant number of e-mail enquiries about vestments and related matters. It is not possible for these messages to receive immediate attention.

In this age, we are accustomed to instantaneous responses to e-mails, tweets, Facebook posts etc. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this ethos is not entirely embraced by The Saint Bede Studio.

We try to answer messages within 7 - 10 days.

Please note : Messages sent to the e-mail address saintbedestudio@hotmail.com should automatically be re-directed to our principal e-mail address (see below). It is better, however, that all enquiries are directed to the address below, which is advertised on the Studio Blog and website : 

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Monday, 14 September 2020

Priestly Ordinations 2019 : 9

Green vestments

For a young American priest, who was ordained in 2019, the Saint Bede Studio completed this set of vestments in the Gothic Revival style.

The vestments were made from a magnificent silk damask, woven in the United Kingdom.  Lined in a beautiful shade of blue taffeta, the vestments were ornamented with one of the Studio's unique braids.  This braid Saint Chad is derived from the ornament of a chasuble designed by AWN Pugin.

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The Saint Bede Studio



Green vestments


Sunday, 30 August 2020

Vestments in honour of BVM

Not infrequently, the Saint Bede Studio produces sets of vestments to honour the Blessed Virgin.  On this occasion, we depict the dalmatic which accompanied our familiar Ave Maris Stella chasuble set.  The vestments were made from an English ecclesiastical brocade, lined in Royal Blue taffeta.  The ornament is the Studio's unique braid Stella, based on a design by AWN Pugin.

The vestments were made for a customer in the United States.

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Enquiries : This page.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Vestments for Masses of the Holy Spirit

Saint Philip Neri vestmentsA returning customer from Connecticut (USA) asked the Studio to design a set of vestments for use in Masses of the Holy Spirit and, in particular, for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We made this set in the style of Saint Philip Neri.

The ground fabric was a beautiful English brocade with a large design in the colours of red and gold. The ornamentation, in the Roman style, was a scarlet red shade of dupion silk, outlined with a silk braid in colours of yellow and deep red.  The vestments were lined in red taffeta.

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From a distance, these vestments have a wonderful "flame" colour, partly red, partly gold, partly orange.  They are vibrant and distinctive.

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Red vestments


The Saint Bede Studio


The Saint Bede Studio


Monday, 17 August 2020

The Studio Blog

Each day, the Saint Bede Studio receives enquiries from those seeking vestments from many parts of the world and often the first response is to direct the enquirer to the Studio Blog.  The Blog has been designed to be as comprehensive as possible, within its limits.  It has been set up for viewing via a computer screen, tablet (or equivalent), but is not best navigated via a smartphone.

Frequently we are asked if the Studio has a catalogue.  The answer is here .

In the right-hand column (or sidebar) of each page of the Blog are helpful links for visitors.  Some of these are links to important pages detailing Studio policies, how to place an order &c.

Below that are links with images to pages describing the styles of vestments which are frequently enquired about.

After that is a list of links; mostly these refer to posts about vestments in the various liturgical colours and our styles.  These are a good guide to the range of materials and ornaments we use for our vestments and the best substitute for a catalogue we can offer.

The Studio quite deliberately does not have an online store because it is our policy to supply our vestments only to those in Communion (broadly speaking) with the See of Peter.  We cannot ensure this if purchases are made online.  Although this does limit our business, we feel that this is the best approach to our work.

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Thursday, 30 July 2020

The Season "Per Annum" 2020 : 2

The Saint Bede StudioIn this post, we are pleased to illustrate a set of green vestments made for an ordinand from the United States.

This set, in the Saint Philip Neri style, was made from a beautiful shade of olive green dupion silk and lined in a coppery-shade of taffeta. 

The vestments were ornamented in the Roman style with a rich brocade in colours of burgundy and gold, edged with one of the Studio's unique braids in the colours of black and gold.

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Saint Philip Neri chasuble


Saint Philip Neri chasuble

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Conical vestments

The Saint Bede Studio recently completed this set of red vestments for a returning customer from Texas (USA).  This is in the semi-conical form, the style of which pre-dates the mediaeval period.

The chasuble was made from a deep red shade of dupion silk and lined in a bronze-coloured taffeta.  Its ornament is based on the well-known chasuble of Saint Thomas Becket housed in the French Cathedral of Sens.

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Sunday, 28 June 2020

Suscipe Sancta Trinitas

One of the prayers which didn't survive the Missale Romanum final cut in 1970 was this one:
Accept, holy Trinity, this offering which we make to you in remembrance of the passion, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honour of blessed Mary ever Virgin, of blessed John the Baptist, of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, of those whose relics rest here, and of all the Saints. To them may it bring honour, and to us salvation; and may they, whose memory we keep on earth, be pleased to intercede for us in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
This beautiful prayer, intended to be recited quietly after the washing of the hands during the Preparation of Gifts or Offertory, is a summary of the things a Catholic should keep in mind when praying the Mass. It reminds us firstly that all our worship is offered to the One God, who is a Trinity of Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Secondly, in reflecting the Anamnesis after the consecration, the prayer insists on the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery that is re-presented for us in sacramental form: His Passion, Resurrection and Ascension. Finally, it asserts that a secondary end of the Mass is the honour of the Saints (that is, the victory of Christ in His members is being praised), and accordingly it begs their intercession for us on Earth.

One can only wonder at the mentality which saw fit to excise this prayer from the Mass. If there was one prayer that ought to have been retained at the Offertory, this was the one. After washing his hands and before inviting the people to prayer (Pray, brethren), the celebrant bowed before the altar and quietly prayed the Suscipe Sancta Trinitas.

If you are a priest reading this, you might consider praying this prayer at the Offertory when you offer the Ordinary Form of the Roman Mass. If you pray it according to the rubrics of the 1962 Missale Romanum, (namely bowed and silently) no one in the pews will be disturbed by hearing a prayer recited which is not contained in the New Order of Mass.  Be daring.

How beautiful it would be if once again this prayer were recited at every Mass!  The Angels would rejoice.

The Latin:
Suscipe, sancta Trinitas, hanc oblationem, quam tibi offerimus ob memoriam passionis, resurrectionis, et ascensionis Jesu Christi Domini nostri: et in honorem beatae Mariae semper Virginis et beati Joannis Baptistae, et sanctorum Apostolorum Petri et Pauli, et istorum, et omnium Sanctorum: ut illis proficiat ad honorem, nobis autem ad salutem: et illi pro nobis intercedere dignentur in caelis, quorum memoriam agimus in terris. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. 

Monday, 15 June 2020

For the Season "Per Annum" 2020 : 1

The vestments shewn in the adjacent photographs were prepared by the Saint Bede Studio for a returning customer, a young priest from the United States.

This chasuble was toilored in the Studio's Saint Austin design, a variant on the Gothic Revival chasuble, being pointed front and back.  The vestments were made from an English ecclesiastical brocade in a lovely brighter shade of green.  They were lined in red taffeta.

The vestments were ornamented with an orphrey braid of the Studio's own design in colours of green and gold upon red. The braid called Saint Chad is directly based on a design by AWN Pugin.

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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Priestly Ordinations 2019 : 10

The Saint Bede Studio
Each year, the Saint Bede Studio has the privilege of preparing sacred vestments for priestly Ordinands. Happily, 2019 was no exception. Further vestments from 2019 are yet to be posted on the Studio blog, which deficiency we are pleased now to remedy.

This post features a set of vestments made for an ordinand from the Diocese of Wichita (Kansas USA), who commissioned a set of red vestments from the Studio in the Gothic Revival form.

These vestments were made from a fine brocade in a beautiful and rich shade of red. The ornament was formed from one of the Studio's unique braids called Saint Giles. The vestments were lined in a muted gold-coloured taffeta.

Please pray for for all newly-ordained priests.

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Red vestments


Sunday, 24 May 2020

Priestly Ordinations 2019 : 9

Each year, the Saint Bede Studio has the privilege of preparing sacred vestments for priestly Ordinands. Happily, 2019 was no exception. Several more vestments from 2019 have yet to be posted on the Studio blog, which deficiency we are pleased now to remedy.

This post features a set of vestments made for an ordinand from the Diocese of Wichita (Kansas USA), who commissioned a set of festal vestments from the Studio in the Gothic Revival form.


These vestments were made from a beautiful silk damask in shades of ivory and straw. The ornament was formed from one of the Studio's unique braids called Saint Marie. The vestments were lined in a red-coloured taffeta.

Please pray for for all newly-ordained priests.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

NEW : Saint Cuthbert vestments

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Since 2016 the Saint Bede Studio has occasionally been offering for sale a new range of simpler vestments, unlined and less expensive than our usual work. Not everyone can afford expensive vestments, whilst others, for various reasons, prefer a more modest beauty. 

Our "economy" vestments are made from simpler, good-quality fabrics and ornamented with our distinctive and unique braids. Simpler they may be, but there is no diminution of the quality for which the Studio has become so highly-regarded.

During this year, we will be offering for sale three varieties of "economy" chasuble sets to our customers.  These are :

SAINT ANSELM

SAINT CUTHBERT

SAINT ALBAN

In this post, we illustrate an example of the Saint Cuthbert vestments, which will be available in all the liturgical colours.  More ample than our usual Gothic vestments, these unlined chasuble will be ornamented with a chevron of brocade or damask and with narrow braids, as illustrated.  This particular chasuble was made with a matching amice apparel.

These simpler vestments will continue occasionally to be offered for sale via the Studio Blog. 

Please pray for God’s continued Blessing on our work.

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Monday, 4 May 2020

Studio Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Saint Bede Studio has now been published.  Any reader wishing to subscribe to the newsletter may do so by sending an e-mail to us, titled "NEWSLETTER".  Thank you.

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Saturday, 2 May 2020

To our Readers in an Hour of Tribulation

We are sending this message to all those who usually read the blog of the Saint Bede Studio, located in Newcastle, Australia.

In Australia, the effects of the epidemic have taken hold, as they have in other nations. Massive disruption will ensue over the next several months.

The Studio continues to carry out its daily work, which is somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of commercial enterprise. We will continue to work on our commissions, providing each customer with his vestments in as timely a manner as possible. We take with great seriousness our commitment to each and every customer. Not one customer is overlooked or forgotten.

Posts on the Studio blog will continue each week.  In the forthcoming week, we will be distributing our Newsletter to readers and to customers past and present.

We are receiving new orders and invite your enquiries for 2021.

We are mindful that for our customers and readers of this blog, the coming months will pose many challenges, sorrows, frustrations and disappointments. We wish to place all these things in the context of Faith. At the Studio, we have been praying each day for God's mercy in softening the effects of the epidemic. This includes all our customers.

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Saturday, 25 April 2020

Festal Vestments

Borromeon vestments
The front of the chasuble with maniple.
The Saint Bede Studio recently completed this set of vestments for a Seminary in the United States.  This was an unusual commission, since we were asked to prepare a set of vestments to complement two existing heritage dalmatics in the Seminary's possession.

The new vestments were made in the Borromeon style from an English silk-and-metallic-thread brocade in a bright shade of gold.  The orphrey was formed from dupion silk in a shade of olive green.  Upon the orphreys were placed appliqué and a vesica depicting the Lamb of God.  The front orphrey was a column, the rear orphrey a Latin Cross.

The vestments were lined in red taffeta.

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The Saint Bede Studio
The lower edge of the chasuble front


Borromeon vestments
Fleur de lis appliqué on the orphrey



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The rear of the chasuble shewing Agnus Dei vesica.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Festal vestments in the 16th century style

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The vestments described in this post were commissioned - together with a number of other vestments - for a Monastic Community in Brazil. Adjacent is pictured the new set of vestments in the Saint Philip Neri style.

This simple set of vestments was made from a brocade in the colour of ivory with golden thread and lined in a yellow taffeta.  The ornament is formed in the Roman style.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Vestments for Paschaltide

The Saint Bede StudioTo commemorate the Feast of our Saviour's Resurrection, the Saint Bede Studio is pleased to present these vestments recently completed for a returning customer. The vestments were made from a beautiful English silk damask and lined in red taffeta.  The chasuble was ornamented with a chevron formed from an ecclesiastical brocade in old gold and red and a braid from the Studio's collection.

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The Saint Bede Studio


The Saint Bede Studio