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"I don't care what your mother says. You're not going out dressed like that."

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 10, 2006

Give up?

Cope, mitre, and flame-form lappets.

(Hint: Pentecost for that favorite bishop on your shopping list is coming soon.)

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  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2006 9:25 PM ET USA

    Fruit of the Loon

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2006 5:09 PM ET USA

    Caption: "Celebrate Mass *and* watch The Ice Capades in this liturgical celebration set to the music of Stravinsky's Firebird." I am a sick man. I am a hungry man. I think my liver hurts.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - May. 12, 2006 4:44 PM ET USA

    I can almost hear the salesman, "We call this style the "flamer." Of course, not everyone can pull it off--only priests who really "love" being priests have the requisite "style" to wear this number."

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - May. 12, 2006 9:29 AM ET USA

    Reminds me of Talulah Bankhead's comment to the cleric swinging a thurible at St. Patrick's Cathedral: "Dahling, I love your drag, but your purse is on fire!" This stuff is tasteless and silly and a bit sad. We're truly in a Babylonian Captivity and I'm afraid I feel more and more like an exile. Sigh.

  • Posted by: Indian Catholic - May. 12, 2006 7:26 AM ET USA

    It's a bit too garish for my taste but, as Warren points out, what exactly is the objection here? The Pentecostal symbolism is clear enough and the right bishop could pull this off with dignity and grandeur. I'd probably object to some of the other aquamarine sets on the website.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 11:15 PM ET USA

    The outfit shown above gives me the creeps. The costume designers for the Da Vinci Code must have designed it and all so called chasubles shown on the other page. Those are not flame-form lappets, those are flames from Hell.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 3:44 PM ET USA

    Well the priest at our Church wore a stole of similar design (no chasuble) last Sunday. I wanted to tell him he looked very...Episcopalian.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 3:30 PM ET USA

    Caption: "Cardinal Mahony, your Eminence, don't be shy, turn around and face the LA prosecutor."

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 3:06 PM ET USA

    If the priest (celebrant) gets some cool digs like these I think it's only fair that the altar boys...I mean altar servers, get some slick and flashy get up as well. I think they should get outfits that resemble the Power Rangers. That won't be too much of a distraction would it?

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 3:04 PM ET USA

    Fashion designers are furious they didn't come up with this because it expresses exactly the event for which it was designed where dancing girls, twirling trays of french bread, vintage wine, multi-colored candles, hugs and kisses of Peace, girl altarboys, hip-hop music and liturgical asides make everyone feel so welcome to the celebration - celebration?...or whatever the Mass is called these days. A pox - not Pax - on all their houses. The Abbess Ann, O.I.D.

  • Posted by: Sterling - May. 11, 2006 1:48 PM ET USA

    I run to bold colors in my home decor and bedspreads myself, but I prefer the blue number.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 11:47 AM ET USA

    Does this come with a rainbow colored stole?

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 10:56 AM ET USA

    Screwtape welcomes you all to today's liturgical dance and grape juice healing service.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 9:30 AM ET USA

    Looks like Hell to me.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - May. 11, 2006 7:46 AM ET USA

    Actually, considering the state of most of the episcopacy, I think fire & brimstone are entirely appropriate.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 7:04 AM ET USA

    You know them when you see them...

  • Posted by: Quadratus - May. 11, 2006 2:11 AM ET USA

    The art is more problematic than just the gaudy and childish colors and decorations, some of the banners and other themes put Christianity on the same level to Judaism, Islam and other religions, like the banner representing all religions stemming from the Holy Spirit. In additions most of the themes smack of New Age imagery. This is a liberal Episcopalian’s dream.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 10, 2006 6:54 PM ET USA

    Darn, Hammer of Heretics! You beat me to it.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 6:45 PM ET USA

    Don't forget the ruby red slippers by Prada

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 10, 2006 6:15 PM ET USA

    The web site looked like the costume room from Lord of the Rings.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 6:07 PM ET USA

    Reminds me of the cape worn by Bunny Wigglesworth in "Zorro the Gay Blade."

  • Posted by: Bernadone - May. 10, 2006 6:05 PM ET USA

    The Church makes heavy use of symbolism in its art. A bit flashy, perhaps; otherwise, what's the problem?

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 6:01 PM ET USA

    Ok, you need to go to the Church of the Redeemer website ( and check out the sign. It tells it all!

  • Posted by: Quadratus - May. 10, 2006 5:55 PM ET USA

    Just a Hunka' Hunka' Burning Love. Elvis Cardinal Presley...

  • Posted by: Sir William - May. 10, 2006 5:53 PM ET USA

    PLEASE don't tell me these were commissioned for the Taj Mahoney....

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 4:13 PM ET USA

    If Liberace had been a bishop.....

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 4:04 PM ET USA

    This is for the New and improved Pagan Episcopal church "Christ the redeemer" in Morristown NJ. It almost looks like the pagan magic vestments for the new Harry Potter series. Comes complete with divination kit, wizards hat to match and wizards staff...... These aren't bishops and priests, they are pagan wizards and magicians!!! Saruman, eat your heart out!

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 3:46 PM ET USA

    They Really have to be kidding,------------------ as for me I will stay with The Traditional Latin Mass. I am soooooooo tired of all the goofy stuff.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - May. 10, 2006 3:09 PM ET USA

    Ha! Did anyone else notice the name of the company is "Fruit of the Vine"? I'll say!

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 2:40 PM ET USA

    It looks like vestment arson…now I know why someone had to opened the windows…

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 1:49 PM ET USA

    Look everyone. its the newest wrestling star from Vince MacMahon's WWE Raw -- The Masked DaVinci Code

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 1:35 PM ET USA

    Formal wear for Darth Vader.