Sunday, August 28, 2011

REALLY USEFUL

As far as Christian worship is concerned, I lean more to the anti-vestment side of things.  Nevertheless, I have to admire the fact that you can purchase a liturgical vestment for just about any situation a Christian minister might encounter.  When you want to emphasize a Biblical theme.  When you're celebrating a particular feast day.  When the roof leaks.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

That looks like a crappy 70s shower curtain.

D said...

It is a crappy 70's shower curtain.

Anonymous said...

Generic. Goes with the church without a cross.

Anonymous said...

If he were to walk out into a thunderstorm, when lightning hit, it would be conducted around father, leaving him completely unharmed.

Nickie Goomba said...

Now listen closely... A little off the top, taper the back, and do not touch the sideburns.

Anonymous said...

Aaaaand maybe that's what they can afford and it's joyful in their cultural context?

The Underground Pewster said...

Hey, I saw that outfit on a Star Trek episode back in '66.

Fr. Caleb said...

All that glitters is not gold. Sometimes it's polyester, lurex or just biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate.

Brian P. Craig said...

When I was a boy, I used to play at saying Mass, wearing a rain poncho as a chasuble. Now actual priests are wearing shower curtains. Fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Is this a pastor in Vegas? A vestment of simple white cloth with appropriate decorration also in simple style would be much more appropriate.

Mike Forbes+

Fr. Caleb said...

This set reminds me of when I was a newly minted priest long ago in the far country of New Jersey. One of my first reality checks was discovering closets filled with Gaspard polyester vestments. Wanting something more festive for Easter, I found some silver, gold and blue lurex fabric in NY's garment district and persuaded a parishioner talented at sewing to stitch up a festal set.

On Easter Day, as cast and crew were lined up waiting for the organist to strike up "Hail thee festival day," the warden came by, took one look at me and expressed his opinion by putting on his sun glasses before continuing on into the nave.

The only pictures of that set were taken through a haze of incense that lent them a somewhat Byzantine aspect. Sorry, but none survive for your delectation and delight.

From that happy morning on, it was obvious I was a young priest to be watched closely. Very closely.

Free Range Anglican said...

Do not knock this fabulous multi-purpose garment!!! It is water resistant, protects the internal organs against radiation in the event of a nuclear emergency or a dental X-ray, glows in the dark if the power goes out, and can function as a tent, a blanket, or even a handy dandy potato sack for the races at the parish picnic. In fact this vestment is so amazingly multipurpose that it can be worn for any occasion, just add pearls or a belt to jazz it up or dress it down, event, emergency or activity... Good for absolutely anything except wearing at the altar...
oh...
wait...
sorry. I had no idea you meant it for that. My mistake...
how awkward.

Anonymous said...

Initial impression offered by teenage son while sprinting past the computer:
Is he getting ready to finger-paint?

midwestnorwegian said...

Will come in handy at all those chicken (or torsk!) dinners as well....

C. Wingate said...

It's Irene-ic.

Anonymous said...

Beam me up, Scotty!

TLF+ said...

"Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears' poncho?"

No prize to award but any who know artist and title have my admiration.

Gail F said...

Scolding Anonymous: The premise of this blog is that the things in it are NOT the only thing the people can afford, but that they are things people made or bought on purpose because they like them. K? No one is out to make fun of the poor.

This looks like it is made out of...I don't know what. As with many of these things, I imagine someone made it as a gift.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a survival blanket from an emergency kit.

Or maybe it's supposed to be a cloak of invisibility.

JC Fremont said...

I think it looks more like one of the plastic capes used in hair salons.

The Bovina Bloviator said...

With so many broke Episcopal parishes these days, protection from a leaking roof seems altogether prudent.

Anonymous said...

TLF+,

Just who does he think he's jiving with that cosmic debris?

On the other hand there is a priest I know who spills alot and evidently wipes his hand on the chasubles. I bet our altar guild would consider buying something like this to preserve our vestments. So, back to business: who has the better price? Almy, Wippell or Sears?

BL+