Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you.
I don't mean to be insulting to my brothers and sisters out there who are sincere, pious Episcopalians, but...what is the deal with the Episcopal church and it's silly, flamboyant style?Seriously. I truly would like to know what's behind that.
They're all style and no substance.
If Liberace were ordained...
Clowns. Squint a bit, blur the photos - clowns at a circus. Scary ones...
Somewhere, over the rainbow....
The more pious we are, the more mortified we are by these clown costumes.
Reminds one of a definition of “a career in the Anglican communion”: promotion to more exotic vestments. Gracious.
Can anyone seriously doubt the Roman Catholic Church's assertion that She is the ONE, TRUE Church of Christ after seeing these outlandish outfits?!
cathdean,I'm sure that's true; but why does the leadership of the Episcopal church seem to be so committed to making a mockery of the Faith?Anonymous, Actually I do doubt it, but that has nothing to do with anyone's vestments.
Some of these comments are unfair. True, the vestments are a bit over the top, but it is not fair to suggest they are committed to "making a mockery of the faith." I think that is not true and not fair.
These comments are not unfair - they appear rather balanced. A "sartorial train crash" is the most charitable way of describing these scenes. Individualism gone bonkers - and that is reflected in the "me, me, me theology" promoted by these clowns.
I agree that they don't mean to make a mockery of the faith, it only seems that way to people who think the faith is Christianity. I'm not quite sure what the faith is but I am sure that until I discovered this blog the only place I'd ever seen anything quite like these vestments was Glastonbury in the 70s.
Matt wrote " why does the leadership of the Episcopal church seem to be so committed to making a mockery of the Faith?"It is a source of both puzzlement and pain to many of us who actually believe that the Faith isn't just about you or your individuality or whatever outlandish "statement" you wish to make in a given moment. This website provides limited comfort in the realization that embarrassing vestments (and the wooly-headed mindset which often accompanies them)is not restricted to Anglicanism/ECUSA.
Time to institute a dress code. Or inforce the one you have. Red is the customary liturgical color for an ordination or installation. Only two of the six or seven in these picturese are so attired, and the only ones who don't look like they've dressed for a costume party. What should be troubling is that all of the noncomformists in these pictures are wearing Bishop's mitres, i.e., the people who ought to know better and set a better example.
How much do want to be the homily was about unity in diversity?
And Jesus said, "Go forth, baptizing in brightly colored vestments of all styles by Izaac Mizrahi and Louis Vattone. All offending colors shall be held offending. All colors of strikingly stunning hue shall be retained."And they went off, two by two, hopping, skipping and jumping. Amen.
Ecclesiological matters aside, wouldn't it have been better for the rest of the bishops in attendance to just don choir dress and get on with it? When Vatican II was convened, the bishops in attendance all wore matching copes and mitres. Still, ++KJS, please stop wearing your installation outfit. It's gotten old.
Deviant vanity. Glad they're having a good time on their way to the eternal lake of fire.
Hello - the vestments look like a rainbow threw-up - now you know why Roman Catholic clergy all vest the same - It leads one to ask where are the elephants? - such a circus - needn't ask to send in the clowns/
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