Sunday, 30 April 2023

Concelebration ad Orientem


During the Canon.
The adjacent photographs shew a Pontifical Mass in the Ordinary Form being celebrated ad orientem

There is something distinctive here about the arrangement of the concelebrants. The celebrant and the deacons-assistant are prominent in the congregation's view of the Altar. The concelebrants, however, are gathered around the altar, not standing next to, or behind the celebrant.

Some scholars suggest that the words of the Roman Canon in the Commemoration of the Living omnium circumstantium refer precisely to this arrangement of ministers: those STANDING here around. Note that all the concelebrants are focussed not only on the altar, but also on the celebrant.

The Elevation.

In these photographs, taken in September 2011, the Bishop of Le Mans, France, gives the Abbatial Blessing to Mother Claire Sazilly OSB, during the Pontifical Mass in the Abbey Church of Sainte-Cecile de Solesmes. The vestments used on this occasion are ample and simple in the French monastic tradition.


The High Altar in the Abbey Church of Saint Cecile.
Beyond the screen is the choir of the nuns, which forms a transept.
The nave of the Church is to the right in the photograph.


Mother Abbess after the Blessing.



Saturday, 29 April 2023

Festal Vestments : 6

In this Paschal Season, we are pleased to present some vestments made for Festal days, but which would also be suitable throughout the Eastertide.

Gothic Revival chasuble


This set of vestments is in the style we call Saint Austin.  It is a stylised chasuble common in the Gothic Revival period of the mid-19th century.  The chasuble is long, but not wide and comes to a point at the front and the back.  As made by the Saint Bede Studio, this style of vestment is very comfortable to wear.

This particular set was made from a beautiful ecclesiastical brocade in a shade of ivory, it was lined in a lemon shade of taffeta and ornamented with a one of the Studio's unique braids Saint Giles in colours of red, burgundy and gold, enhanced with a matching galloon.

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AMDG 

Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Festal Vestments : 5

In this Paschal Season, we are pleased to present some vestments made for Festal days, but which would also be suitable throughout the Eastertide.

Saint Philip Neri vestments

This set of vestments is in the style we call Saint Philip Neri.  It is a modern interpretation of the chasubles illustrated in various depictions of Saint Philip.  Although ornamented in the Roman manner, this is an earlier and more traditional form of "the Roman chasuble" being both wider and longer.  As made by the Saint Bede Studio, this style of vestment is very comfortable to wear.

This particular set was made from a beautiful silk damask in a shade of ivory, it was lined in a muted golden taffeta and ornamented with a repeating Cross-design brocade, outlined with a golden galloon.

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AMDG 

Saturday, 22 April 2023

Festal Vestments : 4

In this Paschal Season, we are pleased to present some vestments made for Festal days, but which would also be suitable throughout the Eastertide.

The Saint Bede Studio

This set of vestments is in the style we call Saint Philip Neri.  It is a modern interpretation of the chasubles illustrated in various depictions of Saint Philip.  Although ornamented in the Roman manner, this is an earlier and more traditional form of "the Roman chasuble" being both wider and longer.  As made by the Saint Bede Studio, this style of vestment is very comfortable to wear.

This particular set was made from an ecclesiastical brocade in a shade of ivory, it was lined in a golden taffeta and ornamented simply with an outlining golden galloon.

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Enquiries.

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AMDG

Thursday, 20 April 2023

Festal Vestments : 3

Saint Martin chasuble

In this Paschal Season, we are pleased to present some vestments in a variety of styles, made for Festal days but which would also be suitable throughout the Eastertide.  

The vestments illustrated above the Saint Bede Studio calls The Saint Martin chasuble.  It is the Studio's own contemporary interpretation of the ancient form of Roman vestment. It is extremely ample : long and wide. The ornamentation of these vestments is usually arranged in the Roman style, being a Tau ornament in the front and a column at the back, formed from braids and contrasting damask. The vestments can be made in a variety of qualities of fabric in all the Liturgical colours, and can be lined or unlined.

This particular set is made from a European brocade in the colour of ivory and lined in red taffeta.  It is ornamented in the Roman manner with a golden ecclesiastical brocade, outlined with a simple galloon in red and gold.

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AMDG.

Tuesday, 18 April 2023

Festal Vestments : 2

Conical vestments

In this Paschal Season, we are pleased to present some vestments made for Festal days, but which would also be suitable throughout the Eastertide.

This set of vestments is in the ancient form of chasuble, being cut in the shape of a bell.  It is usually referred to as a conical chasuble.  As made by the Saint Bede Studio, this style of vestment is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

This particular set was made from dupion silk in a shade of ivory, it was lined in a golden taffeta and ornamented simply with a galloon in blue, red, gold and white, (one of the Studio's stable of ornamental braids).

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AMDG

Wednesday, 12 April 2023

Festal Vestments : 1

In this Paschal Season, we are pleased to present some vestments made for Festal days, but which would also be suitable throughout the Eastertide.

Saint Philip Neri vestments

This set of vestments is in the style we call Saint Philip Neri.  It is a modern interpretation of the chasubles illustrated in various depictions of Saint Philip.  Although ornamented in the Roman manner, this is an earlier and more traditional form of "the Roman chasuble" being both wider and longer.  As made by the Saint Bede Studio, this style of vestment is very comfortable to wear.

This particular set was made from an ecclesiastical brocade in a shade of ivory, it was lined in a golden taffeta and ornamented simply with an outlining golden galloon.

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Enquiries.

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AMDG

Sunday, 9 April 2023

Paschal Greetings 2023

To all readers of this blog and to customers and friends of the Saint Bede Studio, may many Graces be yours on the Day of our Lord's Resurrection.

On Easter Day 2023, the Shadow of the Cross looms large across a world still stricken with confusion, hatred and war.  But in these fearful moments, we look again to the optimistic Christian message that God has overcome Death - and all the awfulness, frailties, discord and disappointments of this earthly life - and loves each and every poor sinner. 

Christ is Risen !

Wednesday, 5 April 2023

The Mandatum Revisited - 2023

A 19th century engraving depicting the Pope, surrounded
by the Papal Court washing the feet of thirteen
poor men of Rome.
This rite took place in the Sistine Chapel on the
morning of Maundy Thursday.
The practice of the present Bishop of Rome to celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper outside of the chapels and basilicas of the Vatican and in places which are not churches, but prisons or hospices, continues to catch the attention of the world. The Pope's decision to wash the feet of girls (as well as boys) and non-Christians during the Mandatum has variously attracted perplexity and rapture.

An analysis of the problems posed by this Pope's initiatives is not the purpose of this post. Rather, we wish to give an outline of the history of the Mandatum in order to present reasons why the significance of the Rite is open to different interpretations and philosophies.

The Catholic Encyclop√¶dia (1907-1914) has an article on the history of the Mandatum, written by Herbert Thurston SJ, of which the following is an extract.  Father Thurston had written previously about the Mandatum in his monograph Lent and Holy Week (1904):

This tradition, we may believe, has never been interrupted, though the evidence in the early centuries is scattered and fitful. For example the Council of Elvira (A.D. 300) in Canon 48 directs that the feet of those about to be baptised are not to be washed by priests but presumably by clerics or at least lay persons. This practice of washing the feet at baptism was long maintained in Gaul, Milan, and Ireland, but it was not apparently known in Rome or in the East. In Africa the nexus between this ceremony and baptism became so close that there seemed danger of its being mistaken for an integral part of the rite of baptism itself (Augustine, Ep. LV, Ad Jan., n. 33). Hence the washing of the feet was in many places assigned to another day than that on which the baptism took place. In the religious orders the ceremony found favour as a practice of charity and humility. The Rule of St. Benedict directs that it should be performed every Saturday for all the community by him who exercised the office of cook for the week; while it was also enjoined that the abbot and the brethren were to wash the feet of those who were received as guests. The act was a religious one and was to be accompanied by prayers and psalmody, "for in our guests Christ Himself is honoured and received". The liturgical washing of feet (if we can trust the negative evidence of our early records) seems only to have established itself in East and West at a comparatively late date. In 694 the Seventeenth Synod of Toledo commanded all bishops and priests in a position of superiority under pain of excommunication to wash the feet of those subject to them. The matter is also discussed by Amalarius and other liturgists of the ninth century. Whether the custom of holding this Maundy (from Mandatum novum do vobis, the first words of the initial Antiphon) on Maundy Thursday, developed out of the baptismal practice originally attached to that day does not seem quite clear, but it soon became a universal custom in cathedral and collegiate churches. In the latter half of the twelfth century the pope washed the feet of twelve sub-deacons after his Mass and of thirteen poor men after his dinner. The Caeremoniale Episcoporum (1600) directs that the bishop is to wash the feet either of thirteen poor men or of thirteen of his canons. The bishop and his assistants are vested and the Gospel Ante diem festum paschae is ceremonially sung with incense and lights at the beginning of the function. Most of the sovereigns of Europe used also formerly to perform the Maundy. The custom is still retained at the Austrian and Spanish courts.
A number of points may be made here.  Although the origin of the Mandatum is a Divine Precept, which the Church has since earliest times considered binding, its expression and its symbolism are by no means clear in liturgical history.  On the one hand, it is associated with the Catechumenate, on the other hand with the poor; yet again, a demonstration of the attitude of service which a bishop or religious superior ought to have towards his community.

The question of the Mandatum being linked to Ordination to the ministerial priesthood is somewhat less clear, although it is often spoken about.

What is quite clear, amongst various uncertainties, is that throughout its history, the Mandatum had no relationship with ordinary parish life: it was a rite which pertained to the Diocesan Cathedral or Church of a Religious Community.  Only since 1955, with the revisions of the Holy Week Liturgy approved by Pope Pius XII, has the Mandatum been included in the ceremonies of the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday and consequently, celebrated ordinarily in parishes.  Perhaps this revision was not as laudable as was thought at the time.

In the last two decades, we have witnessed the spectacle of all sorts of curious and frightful additions to the Mandatum, advocated by tinpot liturgists (we will refrain from describing any of these dismal accretions).  And so, the symbolism of this ancient rite has become obscured again.  An unfortunate by-product of this trajectory is that the real focus of the Evening Mass of Maundy Thursday - the Institution of the Blessed Eucharist and Ministerial Priesthood - becomes obscured.

Happily, we note that in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite, the Mandatum is OPTIONAL.  Its being observed at a time other than during the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday is something which, we might suggest, might be given serious consideration. Were that to happen, perhaps it would be of lesser consequence whose feet were washed. 

AMDG