Saturday, 8 September 2007

The Holy Father at Mariazell

His Holiness celebrated Mass this morning at the great shrine of Mariazell, much beloved, by the way, of the wonderful Cardinal Mindszenty.
The couture—I'm not sure one can really speak of vestments—were by a prominent female clothes designer. The deacons look cute:
The priests look miserable in their seethru plastic chasu-gouls. I hate these Masses where priests, not even concelebrants, hold ciboria while the Holy Father says the words of consecration without him even being able to see these ciboria. I wonder whether the consecration is even valid.
And, the pièce de resistance: do not adjust your eyes; yes that is the Holy Father dressed up as a Ghanaian chieftain. He does look a little self-conscious, doesn't he?
And here's a wierdo from we-are-church concelebrating.

10 comments:

BarbaRa said...

Georg Ratzinger was there, too.

Eric said...

Truly awful vestments! Thank God for we British don't do anything like that!

Tom said...

I watched the Mass on EWTN and was appalled at the vesture of the holy father. Some blue on a white chasuble to honour Blessed Lady is one thing - this technicolour garb was dreadful - and the powder-blue mitre .. awful.

gemoftheocean said...

someone needs to take their head out of their backside and needs to gather up all those chasuables and put them in one heap, douse liberally with gasoline and burn, baby, burn.

Those are all-world butt-ugly. The sooner the better.

Anonymous said...

That is not a lunatic from We Are the Church, but my Aunt Bridie thanking the Holy Father for the Motu Proprio.
NB She has just said the Rosary in thanksgiving for the rain which has shrunk those hideous vestments.

Philip Andrews said...

Like Tom, I watched on EWTN in amazement. With so many wonderful vestments still in the sacristies of the world, why waste money on these?

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

weird picture..but please don't call her a 'loony' i feel it's disrespectful to the mentally ill...

BarbaRa said...

I like them.

Fr Justin said...

Fair point, Jackie, though I'm sure you understand no disrespect was intended.

Insuetus said...

I've definitely seen that couture before.... I think it was at a.. a celebration of mass?? by a group of female role-players somewhere on a previous blog? Might even have been on this blogspot? Do you think I could buy one for my wife?