Sunday, 14 December 2008

The boys in pink

Today is Gaudete Sunday. The Introit at Mass goes: Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice; let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.

If you take Advent seriously, then Gaudete is a welcome and necessary break from voluntary austerity, as is Laetare Sunday in Lent. Our church didn't possess rose-coloured vestments - until now. But are they necessary for two Sundays a year?

I ask this, as we learnt today that a set has been donated (presumably by a parishioner). Anyway, the assistant priest and one of the deacons paraded in for mass this evening, each togged up in fetching pink. Distracted, I kept wondering what the tailoring bill had come to, and how much might instead have been sent to those looking after the cholera victims in Zimbabwe, the subject of our intercessions.


PiaPoi said...

I agree, I thought they looked rather fetching!

Just to set your mind at rest, I believe that the parishioner in question did the tailoring themselves.

However, I would suggest that it would perhaps be more constructive to guess the tailoring costs & just send the money to Zimbabwe, as you suggest, rather than moaning at the Church for actually following her own traditions...?

Humbly x

Uninterruptible Chatter said...

What a miserable, pusillanimous, self-righteous, hypocritical, self-serving, piece of tosh!

In between a month travelling round Europe and the prospect of a trip to Japan, you will no doubt be able to continue to travel hither and yon, seeing and photographing beautiful things.

But the idea that a St Greg's parishioner might donate something of beauty that we can all share makes you swoon.

What did the Pharisees say when they saw what Mary Magdalene had spent on precious ointment for Jesus' feet?