Tuesday, January 10, 2012

JOHNSON GIFT ADVICE

I'm not Catholic and I don't mean to go all sectarian or anything but if I wanted to give a favorite priest a gift to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, a bottle of really good Bushmill's, the kind you nurse for six months, would probably be my first choice.  But that's just me.

30 comments:

diddleymaz said...

St Patrick was Welsh by the way.
So he would wera a red shirt :)

Anonymous said...

I'm sure if most priests were given the choice, they'd go for the Bushmills.

Stringman said...

For some strange reason (we're not Catholic) we got the Autom catalog for quite a while, and it was a rich, ongoing source of bewilderment and amusement.

Pastor Peters said...

Amen Hallelujah on the Bushmills

Father Schnippel said...

Amen on the Bushmills.

My mom got me a white clerical shirt at one point. My response: 'Might was well take it back, won't wear it.'

Priscilla said...

Does it come in ORANGE for our's?

Andy said...

I saw the shirt in their latest catalog. The majority of their inventory is fairly quiet, but this one's a bit loud for my liking.

Anonymous said...

Thankfully,I can't imagine any priest I know wearing that thing.

Anonymous said...

Two comments: (1) Until sometime in the late middle ages, green used to be the color of a bishop's cassock. The only remnant of that is the green and gold chord holdling a bishop's pectoral cross and the green tasselled hat (galero) on a bishop's coat of arms.

(2) White clergy shirts are common enough in hot countries, or even in the Southern and lower Midwestern States during the hottest months of the year.

- Old Soldier

FatherFermoylefromBostonfornow! said...

I will stick with black! Autom makes a decent clergy shirt, if you like the tab-collar variety! I bought several shortly after ordination and wore them for several years with minimal fading. Eventually, I gave up on the tab collar variety, but I would take the Bushmills (is that about $25 per bottle???)

BTW, who said St. Patrick was Welsh? All I know is that his father was a Roman citizen, presumably a legionaire! I didn't think the man had any celtic blood at all!

Father Cory Sticha said...

I will echo my brother priests and say, "Keep the shirt, send the Bushmills." Definitely had a bit of a laugh when I pulled that catalog out of the post office box. I know one priest who might buy that shirt, but he's the same one who as a deacon at seminary dyed a white shirt orange to wear on Halloween.

The Rev. M. Forbes said...

I have one. Great fun for one day a year. The color on the cover is much too subdued.

Mike

Anonymous said...

I don't drink alcohol, but even I'd prefer a bottle of Bushmills (or Toilet Duck for that matter) to that "clerical" shirt!

An Irish Priest

Anonymous said...

I saw Namibian Lutherans wearing clerical shirts in current liturgical colours - and green was the colour they wore mostly. Very cool ;-)

Keisha said...

That's not the worst I've seen.

JC Fremont said...

I had an Irish great uncle (from County Mayo, and definitely Roman Catholic) who preferred Bushmill's (made in Northern Ireland, I believe) to either Jameson's or Tullamore Dew. It was a puzzle. I like Tullamore Dew myself...if I can't get a good single malt Scotch.

Donna said...

St. Patrick was from "Brittania". That included what is now Wales, what is now England, and even what is now Brittany in northern France. It was all one region then. (Even now, speakers of Welsh and speakers of Breton can usually understand each other. ) While his father was Roman, it's probable that his mother was either British or a Roman/British mix.

Jlhyacintha said...

Stringman,
Back in college, at a thoroughly secular university, my dorm front desk used to get the Autom catalog.

I would only ever buy this as a joke.

priest's wife said...

...about clergy shirts- is there a conspiracy afoot to make priests crazy will all the different sizes of tab collars out there? I think my husband has about 4 different sized collars- I suppose it he had bought about 10 shirts of the exact same brand he wouldn't be searching for collars...(he wears black most days, but he does have some grey and white)

Anonymous said...

In th nordic lutheran churches the green clergy shirt is reserved and used by deacons./Fredrik

√Čamonn said...

@JC Fremont: Bushmills is not only here in Northern Ireland, it's the sort of village where I (being from the Irish Republic originally) wouldn't even open my mouth! I'll still drink their whiskey though :-)

C. Wingate said...

Everyone knows that the most Episcopalian color for a clergy shirt is blue and white Oxford cloth striped.

scott said...

Bushmills lasting 6 months in the hands of a clergy-person? What planet are you from!?!

Andrew said...

Actually, Bushmills is made by protestants from NORTHERN Irelands. So I'm sure a good Catholic priest would prefer the TRUE Irish Jameson

MichaelP71 said...

When I first came to this page I swore it was Fr Donny Osmond.

Scoop said...

Tullamore Dew or a really nice 30 year old Jameson's for the priest of whom I am most fond.

This? Jeesh.

Anonymous said...

Bushmills sixteen yr old. Expensive but absolutely worth it

Anonymous said...

So... you think the designer had a medieval cassock in mind when concocting this silly shirt?

Anonymous said...

I thought St. Patrick originated from Italy...

Anonymous said...

I'm a Baptist, so I could be wrong since my minister doesn't wear vestments, but isn't green the liturgical color for ordinary time?