Sunday, August 1, 2010

WARNING

The person who sent me this informs me that these vestments were worn during a funeral at New York's Riverside Church.  Riverside's been a hotbed of goofball pseudo-Christian liberalism for some time so I guess this isn't that much of surprise.

But mark this down.  Wear something like this during my funeral and I'll either haunt you, if that's possible, or give you really intense nightmares for the rest of your days on this plane of existence.

Are we clear?  Good.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Send in the Clowns, there ought to be Clowns, Don't bother they're here!

Anonymous said...

The new Episcopal bishop of Wyoming was consecrated yesterday and although Katharine's in the background of the diocesan photo, it looks as if she took the wrong plane and should have been back in NYC on the Upper West Side. You can hear the calliope playing "March of the Gladiators".

Cantor Nikolaos said...

The only thing Riverside "Church" ever had going for it was Virgil Fox!

Cunjo said...

The colorful guy on the right looks like Morgan Freeman.

Anonymous said...

Looks like an African-American thang, you know what I'm saying, Honky? :)

Paul Woodrum said...

As one of the liturgical designers of these pulpit robes commissioned by Riverside's Senior Pastor Emeritis James Forbes, I'm quite familar with them.

Each consists of two pieces, a rich blue cassock and a reversible coat, four-colored on one side and green on the other.

When worn in the monochromatic soft gray stone sanctuary of Riverside, they add an element of drama and vitality to the sermon centered service and beautifully play off the clearstory and baptistry windows.

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Cunjo said...

But this is funeral...man...purple or black is the tradition(does such thing still exist?). What would people think if the president of the U.S. would apear in public wearing such coloful suit? Now what God thinks of their vestments?

cathdean said...

I suppose what this really proves is that bad taste can be expensive.

Paul Woodrum said...

As Riverside Church is UCC and American Baptist, their old, black Geneva pulpit robes might have seemed conventionally more appropriate.

In using their festal robes, they echoed contemporary liturgical use of wearing festal vestments symbolic of the resurrection for funerals.

The gentleman on the right is NY pastor and politician Al Sharpton.

Anonymous said...

The polka dots on the stole are not a good idea, particularly when their placement makes them somewhat suggestive of breasts.

Anonymous said...

I respect the aesthetic sense behind the design and colors, but I'm too traditional to be comfortable with this style of vestment on clergy at a funeral. Even a sermon centered celebration of the entry of a soul into the Church Triumphant needs some solemnity to recognize that one is in the presence of G-d.

bob said...

Oh come on; why don't they pan out a little more to show the big floppy shoes?

Dick Hertz said...

Doesn't Riverside have a gay minister??

Anonymous said...

Could you see Moses, or Jeremiah, or John the Baptist, or Jesus wearing one of these while preaching their messages? The argument that they add life and drama against the brown Judean desert would not have convinced them, methinks!

Fr. Chip, SF said...

Well, Chris, all I can add is that the pallbearer in the lead expresses my sentiments exactly!...Oh, wait, maybe he just stepped in something?

Matthew Francis said...

Is that Rev. Al Sharpton on the right?

Pastor Nate said...

Wow! Really enjoyed this blog until I checked out the comments here. Let's see - Racism? check. Homophobia? check. Referring to a reformed/baptist church as "Christian" (with quotes)? check.

I guess the fundamentalists can ruin pretty much everything. Enjoy your pedestals, you pharisees. And no, I don't expect you to approve my comment. And yes, I am a reformed pastor with good taste in vestments.

Anonymous said...

That's the Rev. Al Sharpton on the right.

Not knowing whose funeral this was, I don't care to comment on the appropriateness or lack thereof.

Anonymous said...

The gentleman on the left is the now departed sucessor to the Rev. James Forbes, the Rev Brad Braxton. Google his name and Riverside together, and you'll get more than you need to know about the controversy. Rev. Braxton lasted just nine months.

These are unpleasant, and now dated looking vestments. The staff is multi-cultural, they look awful on everyone.

They have no connection to the liturgical season (not that Riverside pays much attention to that anyway, they are joint UCC/ABC. And the don't match the various sets of "paraments".

To give Riverside some slack, their liturgical culture is very low church. At least they do try to all wear matching vestments of a Sunday, even if they're this bad.