All Saints Day

November 1st is a Holy Day that is often looked over by many Protestant churches in their excitement of the Reformation. It may be a smaller holiday compared to Easter… Read more All Saints Day

The Protestant Reformation And Its Importance To Ecclesiastical Sewing

Did you know that next fall is going to be a very special year? October 31st, 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For Protestant churches, this is… Read more The Protestant Reformation And Its Importance To Ecclesiastical Sewing

The Cope–Norris

Like the majority of modern ecclesiastical vestments, the cope has its origins in ancient garments. The cope, unlike other vestments, is a bit of a mystery. With an unknown origin,… Read more The Cope–Norris

October 11th–Philip the Deacon

I wanted to mention that today we celebrate the feast day of one of the first deacons, the deacon Philip. The office of the deacon was the first auxiliary office in the church. It was established by the apostles in the very early days of the church. Deacons are the helpers of the church; their job is to be assistants to the priests, ministers, and pastors. As well as being assistants to the ministers, the deacons serve the congregations. In the early days of the church, seven deacons were chosen… Read more October 11th–Philip the Deacon

Thoughts on the Upcoming Clergy Appreciation Sunday

Yesterday after the church service, a member of the congregation made an announcement that clergy appreciation Sunday is coming up very quickly—traditionally the 2nd Sunday in October. This announcement made… Read more Thoughts on the Upcoming Clergy Appreciation Sunday

Headwear Part III: The Tiara—Norris

This is the third and final installment about headwear for this three part series. Already we have learned about the Amice and the Mitre. Today’s vestment is very distinct as… Read more Headwear Part III: The Tiara—Norris

Headwear Part II: The Mitre—Norris

The mitre is part two of the three part series talking about ecclesiastical vestments that are headwear. Today we again travel back in time to the days of the Greeks. They were not an ostentatious people in the designing of their clothing. For instance, they wore two types of headwear and both were meant for practicality instead of fashion. The working classes—soldiers, sailors, and artisans—wore a skull-cap called a pilos. As the word skull cap suggests, this was a form fitting cap that shaped the skull, snuggly encircling over the… Read more Headwear Part II: The Mitre—Norris

Part I: The Amice—Norris

Over the next few days I would like to talk to you about certain ecclesiastical vestments that are worn on the head. Often we focus our gaze on the voluptuous garments that cover our ministers of the church. It is important to know each distinct garment and its history. Based in practical reasoning, traditions are now carried on without knowing the origin. When we travel to Europe, view exhibits in a museum, or look in old volumes, we see all kinds of garments that our ministers no longer wear, or… Read more Part I: The Amice—Norris
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