Saturday, April 24, 2010

YES AND NO

The gentleman pictured here is the Rt. Rev. Se├ín Manchester, Bishop of Glastonbury and Presiding Bishop of the British Old Catholic Church.  If you'd like to learn more about all that, click here but be warned that the site plays music whether you want it to or not(note to Web designers: if you're still doing that, stop it because it's really annoying).

I posted this vestment because I'm genuinely conflicted about it.  On the one hand, it is everything I like in a work of visual art.  Simple, direct, to the point.  What better idea for a Christian to focus on than the Cross and only the Cross?  And the fact that you enter into spiritual combat looking like a Knight Templar certainly doesn't hurt.

But on balance, I'm going to have to turn this one down.  Because when I saw this picture, the first thing that popped into my head was a chess piece.  The second was Alice in Wonderland.  So while I can't really declare this a bad vestment, I honestly can't declare it a good one.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is the case where an ad orientem vestment is worn versus populum and what would be an OK simple vestment looks awkward

Al said...

It reminds me of "The Bishop" sketch from Monty Python.

Anonymous said...

I like it, and there is nothing really intrinsically wrong with it, but it makes me think of a target on his chest.

margaret said...

First Aid bishop. Mind you, his idea of Mass probably wouldn't give me the vapours compared to most of what's celebrated in the vestments you so kindly showcase.

AncientBriton said...

His look is as though he is daring the dragon with, "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough." Petros

Anonymous said...

http://musicatatonement.org/
This is certainly a candidate.

James said...

Someone should offer h.e. an amice. Shabby state of things, really.

Anonymous said...

He's the guy that defeated the Highgate Vampires, I kid you not.

wyclif said...

Like a giant chess piece.

Donna Farley said...

The guy has literally wrapped himself in the flag-- in this case, the flag of St. George, the symbol of England.

doanli aka "orange blossom" said...

Yes, that is the flag of St George.

Looks very medieval to me..I don't think it's that bad at all.

Anonymous said...

This is definitely going to be a popular one during the next few weeks over here in England, he might have to pose for a few more pictures while the Football World Cup lasts. At least he already had the clothes, most others have to buy them now ;)

Michael said...

I actually really like this one. Simple, classic...

And if he looks like a chess piece, well, maybe the chess piece just looks like him, eh?