Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you.
Under his robe please see 2 - count them two - lei. The short one being a twist of two colors of flowers; the open longer lei being a maile leaf lei worn at celebrations, weddings, blessings, & worship - mostly by men.As you may notice the parament is a Hawai'ian style quilt, looks to be a lily and palm pattern. THe banner in the background looks like a silk batik with palm branches and flowers. The stole looks like one available from Cokesbury... nice. THe plain stole beneath looks like his utilitarian Sunday stole - I'm guessing it's a celebration in which he has in some way been honored and that the lei and colorful stole were given to him during the service.This is Hawai'i, Darlin', and there's nothing inappropriate in the eyes of someone who lives and worships here!Aloha,Elaine Who Wishes *she* had that stole!
Looks like he's rocking two stoles as well which seems a bit much.
My first though was "ow, ow ow", but after reading Elaine's comments, I'm thinking "oh, I suppose that makes sense." Although I'm a bit confused by honoring the celebrant at a Mass. Perhaps my Catholic sense is showing, nothing more.
and here I thought it was a string of garlic . . . oops.
Okay, I can go with the "culturally-appropriate" leis, providing he was just presented with them by the congregation. However, the two stoles are simply, by every rule of liturgical vestiture,wrong. (The one on top is also aesthetically wrong, but that's a different rule book.) I also hope that he's assisting, and not the celebrant... though if he was the celebrant, and thus properly vested with a chasuble, the stoles wouldn´t show...
Strange thing, it looks like a veiled chalice with burse on the altar.
Is it "what I say is a lei" and "what I wear is a lie", or the other way around?It's the big flowers I object to: I don't mind the little white leis...[Spell-check hates puns, by the way...]
Hey, What goes on Maui, stays on Maui...OK
It's actually at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu... not Maui ;-)
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