First impressions

Charles Cowling

 

By Richard Rawlinson

You want celebrants to say good things well, but how do you want them to dress? If you’re opting for a civil funeral, do you want them business-like in a dark suit or to join in any sartorial theme requested by the departed? If you’re opting for a religious funeral, do you prefer traditional vestments or those favoured by the more progressive clergy?

 

9 thoughts on “First impressions

  1. Charles Cowling
    Phoebe Hoare

    Well you’re right about me dressing up for the occasion! Cigar one is my favourite, but the others just don’t do it for me I’m afraid. I think another dissertation needs to be written about clergy and celebrant wear at modern funerals; reveals a lot about who we are and what we aspire to be…or not to be!


    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Richard

    And I had you down as a girl who enjoyed dressing up on occasion, Phoebe! Predictably, I like trad vestments (image 1), and priests who smoke cigars (2). I can’t take the final three seriously – ritual turned panto. But each to their own.


    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Phoebe Hoare

    Important point Richard…definitely no robes or suits for me! Casual all the way.


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    Evelyn

    Love the pics! Not sure what attire we who are on the frivolous end of the faith spectrum should adopt.
    I always wear fairly casual attire to visit families – it seems to put us all at ease and feel that we are on a level. However, on the day I wear smart – usually a suit. In a way it helps me adopt my role as ‘person at the front’.
    It is interesting though that many people do ask the question: what do you wear? Robes and vestments give an instant authority perhaps. They also confer respect in certain circles … and maybe fear…add a little touch of guilt and you could almost be in church.


    Charles Cowling
  5. Charles Cowling
    Belinda Forbes

    These are the vestments all those who are serious about their faith should be wearing:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/clips/p00f4f37/blackadder_miriam_margolyes/


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    Poppy Mardall

    I like the inclusion of the cigar. Very James Bond. Is this part of the outfit?


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  7. Charles Cowling
    Richard

    I found the ‘progressives’ images on badvestments.com – rainbow mitred bishopess and interfaith robe with…zip front.


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  8. Charles Cowling
    Jon Underwood

    Brilliant photos, thank you.

    I love the tree motif. Perhaps it could go even further like this? http://img.alibaba.com/img/pb/412/637/268/1285418890226_hz-cnmyalibaba-web3_58538.jpg


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    1. Charles Cowling
      Charles Cowling

      Ha! Should secular celebrants disguise themselves as giant lilies?


      Charles Cowling

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