Wednesday, February 17, 2010

BIG TENT

Here at Bad Vestments, there's not one right answer as to why a particular vestment is not up to scratch. Damian Thompson, for example, thinks that Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, has just joined the cast of Star Trek. Me, I'm leaning to early to mid-1970's high school art teacher.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never mind the vestment, what's with those weird-looking birds??!

Anonymous said...

I'm not really seeing a problem with that chasuble.

AncientBriton said...

Could be curtains for some.

Father Robert Lyons said...

The cross is a bit too 1970's (or, for those flamiliar with the products of the US vestment maker Abbott Hall, too Hall-y) for my tastes, but the rest of the Chasuble looks nice.

I hae to agree for the first posting, though... freaky birds! I see a Hitchcock film in my mind!

Rob+

Anonymous said...

Birds=dreadful
Chasuble= take it or leave it, I leave it, but it's not inappropriate or bad in any real way EXCEPT the cross is tacky.. was the chasuble made by the sunday school?

Anonymous said...

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Pax et Bonum

Al said...

Given the birds in front giving it a sci-fi look, I go with Thompson.

Ryan said...

Ditto, most other posters. The chasuble isn't the most lovely piece of vestment work in the world, but those birds on the lectern are just freaky!

The Lakeland Two said...

Agree with most posters, too. What IS the point of the birds?

Priest does look like someone would try to do it in Trek. Could be worse...

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing (hoping) that those birds are supposed to be baby pelicans...

+ Peter said...

It is Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Paddy's Wigwam) so I would say "liver birds." I am not sure what liver birds are, but the ones on top of the Insurance building down by the Isle of Man Steam Packet pier look somewhat like dispeptic pelicans. The chasuble and the lectern ae very much of a piece with the cathedral which was built in the early 60s.

MamaMaria said...

I think the bird is the Pelican that represented the Redeemer who wounded itself to feed its young with its own blood. (http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=Birds)

The chasuble just looks like a really ugly couch. Freaky looking birds don't help, but in all fairness, they are an old symbol. Hamlet had a reference of it in Act IV.