Magazine article Anglican Journal

What the Church Is Wearing

Magazine article Anglican Journal

What the Church Is Wearing

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In A church steeped in history and symbolism, it should come as no at surprise that church vestments often tell a story. The garments on these pages have been skilfully crafted to represent clergy's past and present, a Scriptural passage or the world beyond the doors of the church. Maple leaves, mountains, tongues of fire, Celtic knots, even Noah's Ark--these are just a sampling of the dozens of submissions sent in by Anglican Journal readers after we asked "Tell us about your favourite vestments." All the photographs and stories can be found on the newspaper's Web site at vestments.

LANDDSCAPE COPE Archbishop David Crawley wears a stole, cope and mitre by fabric artist Amanda Gravells. "I wanted a semi-abstract design that included all the elements of the landscape of the diocese of Kootenay--the mountains, rivers, the brown earth, the snow," said the archbishop. "After I became metropolitan we added the blue for the ocean at the bottom."

ON EAGLE'S WINGS "To celebrate my 50th birthday, my family commissioned Amanda Gravells to create a stole which represents the ministries and people with whom I have had the privilege of serving. The eagle represents the strength of the Lord (Isaiah 40:30-31) and the gift of friendship of native people of the dioceses of Keewatin, Athabasca and Calgary."

--Bishop Gary Woolsey

DESIGNER PRIEST This cope from St. Barnabas church, St. Catharines, Ont., was designed and sewn by Canon David Blackwood, a retired priest who has created many vestments over the years.

ALL SEASONS This stole (above left), created by Cynthia Simonds for Rev. Jim Golding, contains all the colors of the church year blended into each other. To stop it from tangling (Mr. Golding uses a wheelchair) there are strips of velcro on the back which fasten the stole to his alb.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER "This stole was designed and crafted by the artisans of the River Collective of Oakville, Ont. It represents the wonder and beauty of God's creation. The birds are hand painted onto silk."--Rev. Amy Cousineau

OUT OF AFRICA "My favourite vestment, this African stole, is that of a special friend. Now of West Africa, Robert Okine (left) was a student at Huron College when this picture taken."--Rev. Bill Craven

SCHOOL COLOURS This cope by fabric artist Eleanor Laurie Richardson at Lakefield College School depicts the changing seasons and images of the sunset at the schools' waterfront. It is hand crafted in silk and bears the school's colours.

STITCH IN TIME "The design and embroidery work of the passion flower' (in the chasuble, top) was done by our Sister Joanna, SSJD, for use in the St. John's Convent Chapel. It has been in continual use for Lent since the early '60s. The second piece is an altar frontal showing the Virgin and Child on gold cloth utilizing much gold thread. This piece is over 100 years old, worked on by some of the Sisterhood's earliest Sisters."--Sister Elizabeth Ann, Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, Toronto

GET ON BOARD "My farewell gift from St. Peter's, Calgary, was a wonderful Noah's Ark scapular which has within it at least 1,000 stories. (Artist) Amanda Gravells hand-painted it with fibre-reactive dyes. The young, and young-at-heart love it as well--every last monkey and aardvark!"--Rev. Carmen Stansberry

TONGUES OF FIRE Rev. Judy Walton of All Saints', "Collingwood, Ont. …

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