In a fascinating posting by Deborah Gyapong, From a comment threat over at Fr. Smuts’ blog, a suggestion is made:
And I wonder, too, if the TAC bishops will stop wearing Roman Catholic ecclesial attire? Maybe Fr. Anthony can do a post on his blog about what Anglican priestly and episcopal attire should look like.
Nothing is simpler, since the clergy of the Church of England for the most part continue to wear traditional English attire for Mattins, Evensong and assisting in choir at services of other Churches. I have occasionally been invited to assist in choir at baptism and wedding services of my family-in-law here in France, so I dress in this fashion.
And here is the bishop’s choir habit:
Here is the so-called Sarum cassock:
Of course, for Mass, a priest would wear an amice, alb, girdle, maniple, stole and chasuble. I prefer plain albs with no lace and a sober gothic or fiddleback chasuble depending on what the church has in its vestry.
Update: This posting and the posting by Deborah Gyapong that inspired it have been commented upon by Fr Smuts, Will ‘the TAC bishops will stop wearing Roman Catholic ecclesial attire?’. Is the real issue knowing whether I “support” Deborah Gyapong or the TAC bishops in their intent to inculpate Archbishop Hepworth and exonerate themselves? It may be a surprise to some, but I am not interested in the way TAC bishops dress.
In the end of the day, I don’t care what bishops and priests of any church wear. Someone is always copying someone, whatever you do. Each to his own…
Another form of clerical dress, to crew in a regatta for Aid to the Church in Need (I’m standing on the weather beam of the boat holding a shroud). By the way, I’m not in a woman’s skirt but in a pair of bermuda shorts! 🙂