Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FLOWER POWER

I've seen this idea more than once. But I've never really understood the whole floral concept in vestment design. It's certainly not unattractive and I guess I get the Garden of Eden inspiration but to me, it just looks a little too...contrived. It's as if some vestment maker said, "Let's see, how shall I decorate these? I know. I'll cut strips from that old couch over there. We're throwing it out anyway."

11 comments:

wyclif said...

I believe such vestments are an attempt at symbolizing John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." (ESV).

The problem is that instead of evoking The Vine, such vestments tend to suggest only that the wearer of them is a first-class fruit.

St Malachy said...

Compared to most vestments on this blog, this get up is positively tasteful!

Anonymous said...

But why is he wearing a chasuble under the cope?

cathdean said...

He's wearing the chasuble under the cope because he's liturgically illiterate: it's a requirement for both the priesthood and the episcopacy.

Anonymous said...

It does look like material from a sofa but because it cost £120 per metre someone thought it might look luxurious/extravagant.

FrZ+ said...

This is one of the classic patterns for 'tapestry' orphreys, going back at least to the 19th century. Given how many truly bad vestments there are out there, I'm not sure that this qualifies.

That said, there is no excuse for wearing a cope over a chasuble other than liturgical ignorance (and given that he appears to be wearing a velcro-tabbed alb and no amice that's no surprise). What is confusing is the corner of black showing between the top of the chasuble and the amice... somebody please tell me that he's not wearing a cassock OVER his alb!
[At least this time we can't blame the American Episcopal seminaries for his ignorance-- that appears to be a Roman, rather than Episcopal, Altar Book that he's carrying. Is it possible that this could also be some sort of ordination-by-mail "bishop"? He has a miter and crosier, but neither ring nor pectoral cross, and even tacky Roman and Anglican bishops know about (revel in) their symbols of office, even if they wear ugly ones. Is it possible that this guy is a fake with a whole bunch of money to spend on vestments?]

Anonymous said...

It's Mark Hollingsworth, TEC's bishop of (northern) Ohio.
Here's a short pointer to his bio page.
http://tinyurl.com/yldcqwt
I _think_ the black thing you noticed is his microphone and since Mark is married, he would probably wear a bishop's ring on his right hand. I think cassock-albs are perfectly fine myself, but I can offer no defense for wearing a cope over a chasuble...

-Steve

Christina said...

I don't know about his vestment (looks like Grandma's couch for sure), but I confess, I love how he's rocking that 'stache.

Anonymous said...

The black thing near his neck seems to be a clip-on microphone.

Anonymous said...

I think the flower thing might just have something to do with the sex-with-little-boys thing. Run, don't walk when you see this.

Cantor Nikolaos said...

These vestments don't look bad. You should see the rest of the stuff on this site. I do think it's kinda classy! I wonder if the lack of liturgical silk has led to some vestment makers to use other tapestry material. There is no shortage of liturgical material that is poly/acetate blend, but if I wanted to wear oil, I wouldn't pay $30-130/yard (or meter) for it.

One truly disapointing thing is that even Slabbinck's "Christ the King chasuble is made out of VISCOSE!!! It costs $14,000! If I was going to order a vestment that expensive, I'd demand that it be made out of silk or I would buy something else somewhere else!

And yes, I would rather have a cope and chasuble like this one made of silk (I don't know if his is or not) than one made of a Liturgical fabric that is nearly as expensive and made out of man-made material.

With that said, I can't fault him for that.

Like several others here, I must ask why is this person wearing a cope over a chasuble? I did see pictures of someone wearing a cope over a chasuble in a vestment catalogue once.