So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Not to our tastes? Alternative Liturgical Gear

Remember the site Bad Vestments? In a brief nod to that site's gentle scouring of the taste-buds, the following pics were found by clicking on an advert which popped up at one of Fr. Dwight Longenecker's sites.

After viewing the images, perhaps readers might consider a brief visit to another kind of liturgical vestment site: HERE, for example.

Yes, these are purported to be stoles [click here for source site].

The site also features the following communion set:

"The words, "blessing bowl" appear in regular font and braille on the cup. The words, "bread of life" appear in regular font and braille on the plate. Alternatively, the bowl could be used as a breakfast bowl and the plate as a side plate [quote source]."


  1. Hello, this is Angelee Richmond, owner of BySkyeDesigns and the maker of these stoles (yes, they are stoles). While some of my work may not be to your taste, your posting and comments on my work are just in bad taste. Not every denomination has the same liturgical restraints and and I don't see any benefits or reason to denigrate the work of a fellow Christian. My stoles are entirely handmade with love.

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    2. Dear Ms/Miss/Mrs Richmond, thank you for your comments.

      De gustibus non est disputandum.


First, let's not confuse subjective taste with the assessment of objective artistic merit. You really should show why your work merits consideration with a proper defense based on reason and an explanation of detail.

The intent of the post, if you will, is not to demean you the maker. The gentle lampooning of any work, however, is fair game in the world of art appreciation. The purpose of the post, however, was not to lampoon an artist’s work. No criticism of the stoles nor the ceramics was made. Links provided to other sites were given to provide readers the opportunity to make their own comparisons and draw their own conclusions. I refer you to the next post [Not to our tastes... Part 2.].

      As difficult as it may be for artists and musicians to separate themselves from their work or products, they had better learn how to live with such a distinction if they hope to survive emotionally.

      You said—“Not every denomination has the same liturgical restraints and I don't see any benefits or reason to denigrate the work of a fellow Christian.”

      Point #1: Then why care when someone outside your community criticizes your work? Your comment is not an argument against fair criticism of the objective quality, or lack thereof, of any work, Christian or of any other origin. You have attempted to absolve your works from criticism by merely attempting to preclude any criticism of a Christian by another Christian. How are your comments a reasonable argument or defense?

      Please avoid the temptation to conform others to any irrational criteria which attempt to shield works from legitimate criticism, even if that criticism is in a rudimentary form, which is not to say the purpose of the post was to criticize any work.

      Point #2: Your comment regarding “liturgical restraint” does not apply to the post. Are you saying you only accept criticism from within your own community? In terms of restraint, you might want to acquaint yourself with a few riotous Baroque or Rococo vestments [] and then see if your comment rings true [].

      While any work may be done with “love” (however love might be rightly or wrongly defined), or even, let’s say, a base affection for material gain, neither do those considerations justify the summary rejection of any criticism. If an artist or musician does not want his/her work to face criticism, s/he should not publish, display nor sell his work.


The purpose of the post, however, was not to criticize but to invite comparison, as mentioned above.

      Secondly, do not assume the spirit of any criticism is meant to be a personal attack. As mentioned above, an object or product is distinct from the artist who produced it. Yes, it may reflect a great deal about the artist’s ideals or values. However, surely you would have to admit that you have produced works that seem “better” than others you have made? If so, what makes one work better than another? How does one assess progress if not by an appreciation of constituently elements?

Lastly, you would be well within reason to ask for an in-depth criticism of your work based on an historical and aesthetical (in the philosophical sense) appreciation and assessment of liturgical attire.

      A good place to find in-depth critiques is the New Liturgical Movement. Yes, it is a Catholic site. However, one’s actions would be less than credible were one to dismiss the scholarship found there simply because it is a Catholic site.


      (comment emended for clarity)

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"A multitude of wise men is the salvation of the world(.)—Wisdom 6:24. Readers are welcome to make rational and responsible comments. Any comment that 1) offends human dignity and/or 2) which constitutes an irrational attack on the Catholic Faith will not go unchallenged. If deemed completely stupid, such a comment will most assuredly not see the light of day. Them's the rules. Don't like 'em? Move on.

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