I commend this site to you all
- The Ecclesiological society (unfortunately it is just Great Britain, not
international!) has a
valuable journal that is available online at:
The last issue available online (Dec 2006 available Feb 2007 had a very
interesting article on
Placement of altars in an age of liturgical chaos (Our own age, I'm afraid!)
Also some very nice photos of churches and altars etc. Mostly Anglican and
Are interested and involved in the preservation of churches. We should be
You will like this site, I think.
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- On 9/8/08 1:40 AM, "Michael Thannisch" <mjthannisch@...> wrote:
> DoesThe vestiarian customary in the Catholic church wasn't codified until the
> the CoE maintain canonical sumptuary laws specifying what shades of red
> to violet and combinations with black in trims may be worn by various
> ranks of clergy and hierarchy similar to RC rules for non-episcopal
> monsignori, bishops, archbishops, cardinals on different occasions?
19th century with all sorts of interesting cassock and clerical undress
across Europe. Anglicans have always been more eclectic. Outside of Chapels
Royal and cathedrals, most clergy wore black gowns until the end of the 19th
century. Cassocks were considered very high church.
By the end of the 19th century there were two styles: the Roman button
up-the-front cassok worn by the ultramontane and the pre-Reformation Sarum
cassock which has a wide front flap and is buttoned at the shoulder and worn
with a belt. This still widely used in England. The question of colour is
Bishops are a whole other bagatelle. They pretty much maintained their
pre-Reformation choir habit with lawn-sleeve surplices, rochet and chimeres,
but not purple cassocks which were not common among Catholics until well
into the 17th century. Many Anglican prelates did not wear the purple
cassock until after WWII.
The great fashion shift came at the first Lambeth Conference after the war.
The Queen decided to invite all the bishops to a garden party at Buckingham
Consternation! What to wear?
British prelates normally wear gaiters as their court costume but few of the
"colonial" bishops still wore 18th century clerical hunting gear. When
questioned, the Lord Chamberlain was rather perplexed and finally decided
the bishops could wear their purple cassocks.
Consternation! Many bishops didn't own purple cassocks!
Evidently, the run on clerical haberdasheries was so great that materials
and cassocks had to be flown in from the States. Low church bishops
swallowed their principles, and they all appeared in glorious Roman purple
to sip tea with the Queen.
Director of Music
St. Philip's Church, Toronto