Friday 29 May 2009

Vestments for Pentecost

A Greeting to all readers, after these days of great Feasts: the Ascension, Our Lady Help of Christians, Saint Philip Neri, Saint Bede the Venerable (patron saint of our Studio), Saint Augustine of Canterbury and lastly, Pentecost.

Father Mitchell Beachey of Quebec, Canada, commisioned the Studio to prepare a set of vestments for Pentecost. Father Beachey chose to have the set prepared in the "Philip Neri" style. The vestments were made of a silk damask of deep-red colour, ornamented with a brocade of dark red and gold.

Having received the vestments this week, Father Beachey wrote to us:

Just finished opening and trying on the new chasuble. I love it. This is absolutely beautiful and well made. In making such works of art, you add so much to the beauty and sanctity of the Church's worship. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The St. Philip Neri style, now that I have actually seen it and wore it, is the perfect chasuble for priests who celebrate both the Ordinary Form and the Extraordinary Form. Although I like the fiddleback or Roman style for the EF, I do not it like for the OF celebrated versus populum because the front of the Roman vestment does not lend itself very well to versus populum. The St. Philip Neri chasuble is perfect for both ad orientem and versus populum.

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Monday 18 May 2009

Oratory of Bishop Peter Elliott

The auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, the Most Rev'd Peter Elliott (pictured at left), well-known as a scholar of Sacred Liturgy and ceremonial, commissioned the Saint Bede Studio to do a "make-over" of the Oratory of his private residence.

The Oratory is very small and has a low ceiling, but is well-lit by colourful leadlights comprising one wall. At the other end of the room, the bishop had placed a newly-made timber altar upon a one-step platform. The bishop asked for the altar to be enhanced with a frontal and also a reredos.

The Oratory being so small-scale, a very simple design was prepared. The wall behind the altar was painted a crimson red (subsequently to be stencilled) and framed with a timber reredos, which went right up to the ceiling. A frontal of Coronation tapestry was made, ornamented with a superfrontal of rich crimson with gold tassling.

The (not quite complete) results can be seen in the photographs of before and after.

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Saturday 16 May 2009

Ordination Vestments II

An ordinand of the Archdiocese of Sydney commissioned the Saint Bede Studio to make a "Philip Neri" style chasuble for his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood on 30th April.

These vestments are made from a soft-gold coloured renaissance-inspired damask, ornamented with a silk damask of burgundy and old gold and lined in terra-cotta red.

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Tuesday 12 May 2009

12th May

Congratulations to Father Raymond Blake, Pastor of Saint Mary Magdalene's Parish, Brighton UK, who celebrates his Jubilee of Ordination today, 12th May. Ad multos annos!

A chasuble was commissioned for Father's Jubilee, shewn in the adjacent photograph.

This chasuble, in the "Philip Neri" style, was made from a silk damask in ivory, and old gold featuring an extremely large pattern. It was ornamented with a silk damask in old rose and old gold.

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Sunday 10 May 2009

Easter Vestments

The Dean of a Catholic Cathedral in USA commissioned the Saint Bede Studio to make a special chasuble for Easter Day. The Dean requested that the design of the vestments have some elements to link it with Passiontide.

A cloth-gold brocade was chosen as the ground fabric for the chasuble, so that the vestment would catch the light dramatically in the large Gothic-Revival Cathedral. This brocade is ornamented with quatrefoils and crosses, and stylised crowns of thorns in burgundy. Another brocade of crimson-red and gold was chosen for the orphreys of the chasuble. This brocade features crowns in gold, chosen to represent Christ's Kingship. Lastly, the chasuble was lined in a cotton of deep purple.

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Saturday 9 May 2009

First Mass

On Thursday 30th April, four deacons of the Archdiocese of Sydney were ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in Saint Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. The following evening, one of the new priests, Father Andrew Benton, celebrated his First Mass as a Missa Solemnis in the Extraordinary Form at the Cerretti Chapel, Manly. This magnificent chapel has been until recent years the chapel of the Archdiocesan Seminary. Vestments used on this occasion were designed by the Saint Bede Studio. Below are some photographs of the Mass (courtesy of Dr Chris Steward, Melbourne).

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At the Collect:

At the Offertory:

Preparing Incense:

At the Pax:

At the Blessing: