"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tackiness, its not just for Americans anymore

This morning, in a friendly debate with the Junior Warden, who let the record show is an enthusiastic University of Kentucky fan (and who, let the record show is consistently amused with my having been raised in University of Tennessee territory, aka "Big Orange Country" (and "Orange U Glad Yer A Vol??" )) the very same Junior Warden flat out denied the existence of Big Orange vestments.  To this, I replied, "I am sure there are indeed Big Orange vestments out there; however, there is never ever a liturgical season in which their use is considered appropriate." 

Well all this got me internet searching.  After all, as good an argument as it may be, it deserves to be backed up with facts, right?  Good ol' cold hard facts.  

And so I googled it... "Big Orange Chasuble"... 

Some things you google with fear and trembling, lest you end up with an eye-full.  There's a reason Google breaks down to Go Ogle.   While the reasons for fear and trembling may differ here, I have to admit I held my breath a bit when I hit that search button.

Friends these search words will not leave you disappointed... to settle all scores ever with the Junior Warden on this issue, I found this link

Yes, folks, its the Big Orange Mass. 

From the article: "The Reverend Paul Vlaar wore an orange robe and decked out his church in orange before Sunday’s match against Spain, the BBC reported.  He even acted as a goalkeeper as a parishioner kicked a soccer ball down the aisle."

The video is something to see... definitely a gross violation of the 11th Commandment ("thou shalt not be tacky") for which the priest involved was given a suspension and encouraged to do a bit of reflecting on the situation.  Indeed.


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