Comfort over style

GetFileAttachmentWhen I was ordained a priest my bishop gave a new set of vestments. They weren’t particularly ornate or of some high quality – but they were new and very beautiful and it was a wonderful gift. My first parish was a mission parish where I stayed just shy of seven years. And during those years I ended up – for the most part – wearing those same vestments.  There were too many other things the church board was focused on than vestments. More specifically, purchasing property for the future church.

By the time I arrived at my second parish I think I was over the whole ‘beautiful vestments’ thing. Perhaps I was so used to wearing the same ones each Sunday that I realized that, deep down inside, I preferred comfort over style.

I’m now in my third parish, the vestments I wear are a little snug, nothing really special…but they’re nice and I’m as comfortable in them as I would be in an old pair of shoes.

I must admit though, looking at the picture of my deacon’s gorgeous set of vestments (pictured above from this morning’s liturgy) I just might be having second thoughts. If nothing else maybe I should just get those old, now beat up vestments my bishop gave me some twenty years ago.

If nothing else, they’re comfortable.

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3 thoughts on “Comfort over style

  1. Please forgive me, Father, I did misunderstand you to mean that you’re wearing the same set of vestments in your third parish! (And I apologize for the adjective I used.) Yes, I’m sure your parishioners would buy you a new set and ask you to retire the old. The Riza vestments certainly are glorious. My tailor is Krista West, and I love her work: http://kwvestments.com/index.html
    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on how vestments are “comfortable.” In my (somewhat short) experience, I haven’t found that vestments are broken in and get comfortable like shoes. The biggest variable as to my comfort is the thermostat setting.

  2. Good point Deacon! I had a feeling this post would be misunderstood. The thing is, my comfortable vestments are not crappy. If they were I’m sure I’d have at least one parishioner volunteer to buy me a new set.

    My point was that, personally, I’ve never been into buying the newest, nicest vestments out there. I’m not trying to seem humble when I say this but I’m content with the ones I have on: they’re clean, in good shape and after breaking them in, they’re comfortable. Which, by the way, I think is important. But I’ll save that for another post.

    Regardless, my deacon’s vestments are very, very nice. They are from RIZA in Australia. https://riza.com.au/

  3. Father, it’s not about you (or me) or your (or my) comfort. It’s about the glory of God. But you knew that.
    Wear a crappy cassock outside of church if you like, but in church, during the divine services, why not the best, most glorious vestments?

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