Vile Vestments CelebratedPosted: January 17, 2010
You know what I’m talking about — hideous hangings that distract you from God. Vile vestments that fly in the face of liturgy done “decently and in good order.” As in most areas, the 1970’s leads the way in church fashion disasters: chasuble that would fit right in swaddling hippies at Woodstock; altar hangings that would go beautifully with shag carpeting; stoles that incorporate the color of lime-green linoleum.
But these liturgical faux pas are not just relegated to a particularly unfortunate decade. They continue in the name of liturgical renewal. And rather than let them linger in sacristy closets, there’s now a blog that highlights horrible vestments and brings them into the flourescent light of day. “Bad Vestments” has been created with the tagline “Because Christian Worship is Not Supposed to be About You.” I encourage you to visit the site — you’ll be both amazed and horrified.