Thursday, 13 March 2014

Reformed choir dress?

This photo was taken in the sacristy of the church of St Magnus the Martyr at London Bridge on January 25th 2011. The Archbishop of Westminster was guest preacher at a service for the Worshipful Fruiterers Company, one of the old livery companies of the City of London. Fr Philip Warner and Fr Nigel Abbott, the gentlemen to the right and left of the Archbishop respectively, look very dignified in the traditional surplice, hood and tippet of the English Church, reminiscent of blessed Thomas Cranmer and St John Fisher (!). This is in stark contrast to the popish fellow in the middle whose choir dress is circa 1970.

Which, therefore, looks the more Reformed?

They're indistinguishable! Perhaps Roman Catholics forget that St John Fisher dressed in exactly the same way as Cranmer, Ridley and Latimer!

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