Thursday, April 29, 2010

ALL SORTS AND CONDITIONS OF MEN

You can meet just about anyone in an Episcopal church.  Men, women, blacks, whites, Anglos, Hispanics, heterosexuals, homosexuals, the colorblind...

21 comments:

Al said...

(with tongue in cheek) Maybe he is trying to be inclusive by not omitting anyone's favorite color.

Anonymous said...

the green part makes me want to play tetris

J said...

Who is that?

Monika said...

Escapee from a group home perhaps?

Ormonde Plater said...

Looks like something in the Almy catalog.

Anonymous said...

The cope is nice, but what is that, that ... that hand knitted, maybe macroméed, stole substitute thingy?

cathdean said...

What is he wearing under the cope?
A horse blanket? Perhaps it's better this way because the horse is spared the embarrassment of it all. Horses are, after all, noble creatures, which is more than we can sometimes say for...
I know, it's time for me to visit my confessor again. But, on the bright side, this site gives me so MUCH to say to him.

pelerin said...

I thought he had been cooking and had forgotten to take off his pinny.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Chris -- All sorts and perversions of men.

Catherine S. said...

I was going to say that I'd bet money the cope was off-the-rack Almy because it's got that same boring old brocade you see everywhere. Then I checked the Almy website, and guess what? With the exception of the way it fastens, it IS off-the-rack (“Quik Ship”) Almy: http://www.almy.com/cgi-bin/shopper.exe?preadd=action&key=56607

With regard to both this cope and others I've seen posted here, I would like to say one thing: it is not uncommon for a bishop-elect to be given his first cope and miter by either his last parish or his new diocese, in which case he will probably have had no opportunity to participate in choosing the design. Aside from the fact that looking a gift horse in the mouth is generally (and rightly) frowned upon, vestments are also quite expensive, so a new bishop might not be able to afford to buy something nicer for some time after his consecration.

This is precisely what happened to my father. He accepted his unattractive cope and miter with grace, and dutifully wore them for a couple of years. Then he and my mother paid a visit to Wippell while they were in London and had new and gorgeous ones made. He still has the ugly stuff, but they don’t make it out of the closet very often. (The ugly stuff is made of lighter fabric, so he will occasionally take them if he has to go somewhere hot, as long as the trip isn’t for something that’s reasonably important to him.) Even so, I don’t think his ugly cope and miter would qualify to be posted here; they’re not attractive, but they’re not truly awful.

Nonetheless, I would be the first to concede that there are way too many bishops and other clergy who have absolutely horrendous taste in vestments. (Well, and church decoration in general. And in liturgy and music. But that’s a whole different blog…)

Anonymous said...

Here is another one:
http://www.episcopaldiocesefortworth.org/picture%20pages/ohlataswf-121309/ohlataswfpp21.htm

Catherine S. said...

OK, clearly, this guy is one of the ones with horrid taste...

midwestnorwegian said...

Spirograph test subject!

Ex aedibus said...

Sometimes, we're not afraid to mitres that are seriously frayed and look as if they're going to fall apart.

http://www.sltrib.com/portlet/article/html/imageDisplay.jsp?contentItemRelationshipId=2999246

This is of Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish, Episcopal Bishop of Utah

Janjan said...

Licorice Allsorts, maybe

C. Wingate said...

I'm going to assume that the real issue here is that Iker et al. ran off with all the good vestments and the bishops in the rump diocese are having to make do with one cope from Almy and whatever gift stoles they've received over the years.

West Coast liberal said...

Isn't the church supposed to be inclusive? What's wrong with men, women, blacks, whites, Anglos, Hispanics, heterosexuals, homosexuals, the colorblind...?

ReaderMo said...

way to not get a joke, west coast liberal.

i have to wonder if some people are born without a sense of humor, or if being in a constant state of outrage just makes their sense of humor go away.

Cantor Nikolaos said...

I the cope is not bad, but the 'stole' under it is a bad joke! The modernist 'altar' and altar cloth need to go as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm fairly certain that's +Ohl.

Andrew Ellison said...

This is Bishop Wallis Ohl, the Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth.