Vile Vestments Celebrated

Ugly vestments. They exist in the darker recesses of most churches. Tucked away in closets; things that seemed like a good idea at the time but now can’t be pitched because someone donated them.

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.


4 Comments on “Vile Vestments Celebrated”

  1. Ok, clearly you don’t realize that the vestment you’ve featured is to celebrate the Feast of St. Sebastian.

  2. Father Tim says:

    That could be. It also might simply be a generic chasuble for any rector.

  3.      My contribution to the list is some stoles our church has. They’re really a lovely green and sik, but some of them have two or three lines of brocaded tassles crossing the stole (I don’t know how else to describe them.) Unfortunately, they were clearly created before we had women priests – the placement is somewhat… inappropriate. My rector (a woman) and I giggled about this in the sacristy today as I took the “tassled” stole and she took the “non-tassled” one.

  4. Father Tim says:

    Rick, that’s vaguely disturbing. A liturgical pasty?

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