From the Archives: Christmas Verses and Sketches from 1914

Published on 23 Dec 2014



The 1914 Christmas edition of the Blandyke Papers in our Jesuits in Britain Archives are full of inspiring images and reflections for the Christmas season.  

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Black ink sketch of Mary and child surrounded by wings and candles Christians awake! Salut the happy morn! Haste to the Crib to greet your Saviour born. Raise up your hearts, renew your slumb’ring faith. In him who shared our lot of toils and death. Strengthen your hope of help unfailing given. To men by him who came to Coloured sketch of a painter from behind holding paints and brush with big red blotch in front of himColoured sketch of a baby or cherub sat atop a white horse leaping out over the moon and roof tops against a blue night sky







Origin of the Blandyke Papers

The first issue of the Blandyke Papers was published on 8th January 1889 at St Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst, Lancashire. The Hall was built as a Jesuit seminary in 1828 and was the centre for philosophy studies.  The idea for the Papers was conceived in 1888 by two seminarians, Arthur Allchin (who became a priest in the Nottingham diocese) and Thomas Morton (who became Monsignor and Vicar-General of the diocese of Winnipeg).  Their aim was to provide an outlet for future priests to develop their literary skills and creativity.  Each issue is wholly manuscript, in the handwriting of the several authors.  In cases where the students’ had poor handwriting, articles were written out by a calligraphist. It was intended for private circulation only, and displayed in the Philosophers’ common room.  The Blandyke Papers contain essays on Literature, History, Liturgy, Philosophy, Science and Art but Politics was excluded.  They include beautiful drawings, poems and photographs...

Baby Christ in the Manger. Lay, with Kine around. Softer than the woven silk, warm as love, and white as milk, Mary’s arms he found. Snowflakes through the broken roof, made strewings for the ground. Little Christ in the garden lay and laughed to greet, r

And host of more than only one. For close she gathereth withal our Lord, her little sonne. Glad Hinde and King their Gyfthe may bring. But wo’d tonigt my tears were there. Amen Amen! Between her bosom and his hair!

     Origin of the name Blandyke

A blandyke or blandike: the Stonyhurst name for a Jesuit Scholastic’s holiday.  Blandyke is an Anglicization of Blendecques, a village on the river Aa in Flanders, an hour’s walk from St Omers.  In 1626, the English Jesuits and St Omers purchased a property there to provide a place where the students could spend their monthly holidays.  The custom of calling such monthly holidays ‘blandykes’ was kept even after the school was transferred to Stonyhurst.

Title outline in black ink with black outline drawing of holly branches with red berriesBlack ink sketch of man dressed in middle ages garment looking at a notice pinned to wall with news headlinesThe BP cordially wishes everyone a very happy Xmas with a sketch in black ink of a sprig of holly








Wishing you a very Happy Christmas & New Year!

By Mihaela Repina, Assistant Archivist