Why Are You Dressed Like That? Part 6

Welcome to: Why are you dressed like that? Part 6 – What is that weird silk bracelet thingy on your wrist?  This is a series of entries motivated by a young girl who visited us at St Francis Church and said to me: Why are you dressed like that?

Image result for maniple vestmentFirst, I invite you to Part 1 where you will you can read my disclaimer as to the accuracy of any assigned values to vestments.  If you do not want to go to that entry, the disclaimer is also copied at the end of this installment.

In Part 5, I discussed the Zucchetto and Biretta – two different types of hat your priest may be wearing when in vestments.  In this installment, I will discuss the Maniple Continue reading

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Why Are You Dressed Like That? Part 5

Welcome to: Why are you dressed like that? Part 5 – What is on your head?  This is a series of entries motivated by a young girl who visited us at St Francis Church and said to me: Why are you dressed like that?

First, I invite you to Part 1 where you will you can read my disclaimer as to the accuracy of any assigned values to vestments.  If you do not want to go to that entry, the disclaimer is also copied at the end of this installment.

In Part 4, I discussed the Chasuble – that poncho-like garment the priest wears when celebrating the Eucharist.  In this installment, I will discuss the zucchetto and biretta.

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Zucchetto by House of Hansen http://www.thehouseofhansen.com

The zucchetto is the small skullcap which is nearly identical to Continue reading

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Why Are You Dressed Like That? Part 4

Welcome to: Why are you dressed like that? Part 4.  This is a series of entries motivated by a young girl who visited us at St Francis Church and said to me: Why are you dressed like that?

First, I invite you to Part 1 where you will you can read my disclaimer as to the accuracy of any assigned values to vestments.  If you do not want to go to that entry, the disclaimer is also copied at the end of this installment.

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St Francis on the front with Crosses on the Back www.Chasubles24.com

In Part 3, I discussed the Stole and the Tippet – those scarf like items hanging around a priest’s neck.  In this installment, I will discuss the next layer of vestments, the Chasuble. The chasuble is the poncho-like garment the priest wears when celebrating the Eucharist.

Before going further I will point out that if your priest is Continue reading

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Why Are You Dressed Like That? Part 3

Welcome to: Why are you dressed like that? Part 3.  This is a series of entries motivated by a young girl who visited us at St Francis Church and said to me: Why are you dressed like that?

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Image from Pintrest

First, I invite you to Part 1 where you will you can read my disclaimer as to the accuracy of any assigned values to vestments.  If you do not want to go to that entry, the disclaimer is also copied at the end of this installment.

In Part 2, I discussed the Alb/Surplice/Cotta – those white gowns/robes that priests wear over their black street clothes and/or cassocks.  Next comes that scarf hanging around their necks – what is that and why wear it?

There are actually a couple of different things your priest may be wearing around his neck.  Almost all liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and even some Protestant denominations) make use of the Stole.  In the Anglican Church, there is also Continue reading

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Why Are You Dressed Like That? Part 2

Wearing a surplice for a baptismal service at an Army chapel.

Welcome to: Why are you dressed like that? Part 2.  This is a series of entries motivated by a young girl who visited us at St Francis Church and said to me: Why are you dressed like that?  Continue reading

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Why Are You Dressed Like That? Part 1

The little girl asked me – Why are you dressed like that?

It is an understandable question.  She had never seen a priest in vestments before.  Not only that – even if she had, it is unlikely that she Continue reading

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The Atonement

The Atonement is about us being one with God.  In fact, a good way to understand the word is – At-One-Ment.  If the word atonement is all about being one with God why do so many people fight about what it means? Continue reading

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Forgiveness

Tau Cross Confessional in the Church of Mary over Minerva, Assisi, Italy

Through my career as a chaplain in the Army I heard more than a few people say: God cannot forgive me.  The people who said this had a wide range of offenses that they believed were unforgivable by God.  There were cases of sexual Continue reading

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Eve and Mary

It is important to remember while studying the Bible that in the New Testament we have a record (sometimes direct and sometimes indirect – today’s example is indirect) of Jesus Continue reading

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Embodiment

Medical Professionals do not always appreciate the insertion of faith into a patient’s care plan.  At the same time, there are members of both the clergy and laity that do not fully appreciate medical professionals – particularly those in the field of mental health.

This is terribly unfortunate and short-sighted.   What does faith have to do with healing?  Continue reading

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