Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'M BACK

I'll spare you the details but it's been an AWFULLY stressful few months around the Bad Vestments Building here in Webster Groves, the Paris of St. Louis County, Missouri.  I don't know how often I'm going to post for while but I had to share this.  Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Justin Welby, the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

16 comments:

The Rev. M. Forbes said...

OI! What is swimming in circles on that Mitre?

The pastoral staff looks like the handle on my grandmother's exp;ensive umbrella.

OlDave said...

I think that might be him and Schori swimming together. Like mottled carp.

garricks said...

Glad to see you posting!

Looks like the Archbishop is seeking Nemo...

Fr. Chris Larimer said...

Did his mitre hit an oil slick?

JC Fremont said...

Whales? Dolphins? Looks pretty pagan to me...at any rate anti-human. Kind of like the so-called "peace" symbol of the 1960s is the reverse of the runic symbol for protection (Elhaz)...

Becky said...

He looks very happy....

El Cid said...

He is glad you're back! Me too.

Shaun Clarkson said...

Pure speculation, but as he's Bishop of Durham the knotwork style fish /dolphin images might be linked to Cuthbert or Lindisfarne

Scott W. said...

The cross around his neck is the only unambiguously Christian symbol of the ensemble.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! UN blue!!!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

I will grant him the symbolism of the three circling fish - everything else has to go and he needs to be taught how to wear a mitre.

Fradgan said...

This fella's obviously a member of the mitre-at-a-jaunty-angle brigade. Here's praying he grows into the job, or is it vice versa?

Robnd said...

Welby was a canon residentiary of Covenrty Cathedral, hence a copy of the Coventry cross of nails as his pectoral cross. Yes the symbols an his mitre are of St. Cuthbert, one of the great, sainted bishops of the see of Durham.

The crook of his crozier, made to represent the Biblical rock badger found in Leviticus, and the staff were hand carved and presented by Liverpool Cathedral where he was dean on his departure for Durham.

Wendell said...

Glad you're back!

Matthew said...

I'm definitely inclined to give Welby the benefit of the doubt, be it with vestments and with the exercise of his episcopate. Thank you Robnd for pointing out the significance of these symbols.

priest's wife said...

Many years to the Archbishop (God grant him holiness and prudence)