Because Christian worship is not supposed to be about you.
the Holy Spirit, feathers and all? Meh, I tried...
I started sneezing just looking at the picture...
Nothing says "I'm a servant of the Lord" like a little girl playing dress-up. Disgusting.
The feather boa, once a symbol of seduction and worn by women with loose morals, perfectly symbolizes the current state of affairs in the Episcopal Church and should be the required stole for officiating at same-sex (and third, fourth time around) couple blessings.
Feathers also being light and airy, express the air-head, breezy, flighty attitudes of TEC toward things rational, theological and Scriptural.
I'm expecting her to break into "Mama Mia". Either that or she is a Voodoo practitioner and she just killed another chicken. Either way, nothing one of these people do is surprising anymore.
So, does the boa go with liturgical pole dancing? ....
Please don't kill the site! These excrescences of liturgical blunders are just to nauseating to watch. and I wonder how many are not posted since no one dared to picture them!
This site is a worldwide treasure. Must we lose yet another common cultural experience?
I've seen that boa before. I think it was on Bourbon St...
Miss Piggy called - she said you could borrow her purple gloves too.
I don't know if this site has reached the end of its useful life. But this is definitely in the running for worst of 2011.BTW, is the music I hear in the background David Rose playing his #1 hit "The Stripper"?
Is this from New Orleans?
Is that styrofoam pasta on the rug? If so, it looks like home to me. (Ran the vacuum this morning.) Your site is a delight, and has NOT reached the end of its useful life. Who said you have to be useful?
It is hard to believe this is not a joke photo. Chris, have you verified that the . . . feather boa was worn during the liturgy?
Sadly it's not hard to believe.
Oh, I can NOT wait to see the Matching COPE !!!!!!!!!!!!!
What's that on the floor? Has someone tried to pluck her?
The plucker should have tried harder. Much, much harder.
What do you mean, the stripping has to do with the altar?!?
You can find pictures on the Flickr page for St Mary's Cathedral in Memphis. There you will find the picture included here: "Canon Gettys with Easter boa" (sic).And if you go down the page a bit to additional pics from April 24, a photo of Easter baptism shows the boa worn during the liturgy.Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stmarysmemphis
That was worn in the presence of the BISHOP??? Forgive my Roman Catholicism, but I'm shocked and offended, her invalid orders aside. This is the stuff my nightmares are made of.
I thought feather boas were part of a stripper's equipment.
You've got to be kidding! In what world would a duly ordained person think this was appropriate?
Words fail me. All I can do is shake my head.
It's the Reverend Gypsy Rose Lee!
I can't imagine what were the objections to ordaining women.
And...After Easter Services it's off to Amateur Night at the Lucky Lady Go-Go Club.
Can fur be far behind?
Ramona asked above: "In what world would a duly ordained person think this was appropriate?"Are you kidding? The answer is in the Episcopal Church, of course!Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Can anyone explain what has happened in the Episcopal Church over the past 30 years? Not too long ago it was the best model for good liturgy in the U.S. But now....
Brothers and sisters: Full disclosure--I am the Canon Organist/Choirmaster at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, where this photo was taken; and no, the above-pictured priest did not ask me to write this.I first want to share with you what the picture does not convey. Our Canon Pastor is one of the most phenomenal priests I have ever had the pleasure to serve with, and she truly is living into the Great Commission. What this picture doesn't tell is how she has labored to work with the homeless and destitute in our blighted neighborhood, giving them hope and resources to empower them to break the vicious cycle of substance abuse and discrimination. The picture does not show how she has renewed the cathedral's focus on the sacraments, particularly with her institution of a "Water into Life" program for families considering Holy Baptism, moving the instruction far beyond that of a "baptism rehearsal." Nor does the image communicate what a fine celebrant our Canon Pastor is. Through her spoken and sung words, she is able to breathe vitality into our Eucharistic Prayers as few have been able to do, in my experience.Now onto what the picture does tell. Memphis is a funky city that is broken in so many ways, but one in which hope springs eternal. Our liturgies at St. Mary's are, by most accounts, high Anglican services (spiced up with some Gospel, Spirituals, and alternative prayers every now and then). We take our calling as ministers of Word and Sacrament (and in my case, music) very seriously. However, we do not take ourselves too seriously. While you have every right to believe that a feather boa on Easter Sunday is poor taste, you cannot assume that this represents a disregard for the importance of our liturgies.Some further context: Within the last decade, there was talk of closing the cathedral doors, as attendance was anemic and the spirit of the parish was weak. Since the arrival of the Dean three years ago, he has assembled an incredible ministry team (I was hired two years ago), the most recent addition of which was our Canon Pastor. In 2011, our cathedral is thriving. The pews are full, the outreach is substantial, and people are being fed. There IS a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, and God is doing marvelous things in Memphis.So, before you cast the next stone, please consider the broader context. And the next time you're in Memphis, pop on by...I'd be happy to show you around our house of prayer for all people, regardless of the clothing you are wearing.
Scott, one doesn't want to be a killjoy but the numbers from R&S are not exactly awesome, though at least one might interpret them as showing a collapse arrested rather than reversed.Be that as it may, I can hardly fault people for taking the obvious semiotics of this at face value. If one dresses up as a clown for mass, one should expect to be called a clown, after all. "Not taking [yourself] too seriously" means that when you do something that looks ridiculous, you accept that people are going to say that you look ridiculous. It means that if you wear Liberace in hot pants vestments, it's going to be all over the Anglican wire services. It does not do to be too defensive about it.
Scott @ 10:00 PMWould you share what the purpose of the feather boa with us?
The Cathedral parish may be doing very well but this choice WAS in bad taste- super bad taste. I did look at other pics and noticed some other rather nice looking vestments so don't what was on her mind to pick this. I agree- the feather boa has other *associations* that are NOT appropriate for a priest! There are so many other lovely stoles out there. why pick this ?? As you can see many may make incorrect reasoning about this choice but why do this in the first place?? Simply does not make sense.
Sorry Scott, but the wearing of a feather boa in place of a stole does show a total disregard for the liturgy of the church and on the Queen of Feasts no less!Perhaps your canon pastor should put as much concern into her choice of appropiate vestments as she does into her work with the downtrodden. In so doing she might well better represent herself and her hard work better. As it is, she comes off as a person who has no regard for the dignity, austerity and solemnity of the worship of the church.I must say what is most appaling in this situation is that your dean and bishop allowed this! Enjoy your growth while you have it. Such nonsense and disregard for the motherchurch of the diocese from its leaders can and only will lead to your ultimate fall.
@Scott - not tossing a stone, but pointing out a rubrical violation. Boa does not equal stole. This is the body and blood of Jesus Christ at the Eucharist. It should be treated with reverence and respect. Not showmanship.
Scott,Perhaps the ministers at the cathedral SHOULD start taking their conduct and dress much more seriously when they present themselves and their flock to the Lord in worship and confession.
I find it rather depressing to read on this site the fact that some people think that what one wears (or does not wear) is more important than how one follows Jesus.Lord have Mercy!
She dresses the part for her office. I can't wait for the other prostitutes to be gathered around the back door of the sanctuary. It gives the word confessional a whole new meaning.
I just wrote about feminine foolishness. If only I'd had this golden example....
Amen Scott! I am pleased that you stood up for the great work of your priest as photographed and maligned. Praise God for her work!
I know her and I know her to be a most serious priest so it's surprising to see this. Don't know why she made the choice. I would not have made that choice because of so many out there who would hop on the "prostitute" wagon. That in itself is also sad.
This is in response to Scott's defense of the "Canon Pastor." Remember, worship is not about "you." And, I am so very tired of those who profess to be "high Anglican." What does this mean to you and, if this is an example of it, please let me remain apart from it. Worship and liturgy is not about "anything goes" just to bring people through the door; all this quirkiness is becoming so trite and useless. It works for awhile and then the new wears off. As some of the other responders have noted: as a church we have become known for "anything goes, come on down." As for me, this is an embarrassment for the Church, clergy, and the people. It would seem that your pews would be filled if this is the sort of showmanship contained in your liturgy.
In response to Joy who noted: "I would not have made that choice because of so many out there who would hop on the 'prostitute' wagon." Has it occurred to you that perhaps this "priest" has, in fact, prostituted her position by this kind of "salesmanship." Very sad, indeed.
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