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Decently habited, LXVI: On Episcopalians and Lutherans

September 12, 2011

Q: Which one’s the bishop?

A: Trick question! They both are.  The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor of the Diocese of Western North Carolina schools the Rev. Dr. Leonard Bolick of the Lutheran Synod of North Carolina on proper episcopal attire.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Aelred permalink
    September 12, 2011 18:55

    Sadly, it’s true that Lutherans in North America are inordinately fond of the alb, and not very good albs at that. They’re my people. I only wish they knew how to dress better.

  2. WearyPilgrim permalink
    September 12, 2011 22:21

    I had a dear Lutheran pastor friend, now deceased, who always wore cassock, surplice, collar, bands, and stole. I guess those days are over.

    • Aelred permalink
      September 13, 2011 12:45

      The days of cassock and surplice wearing Lutherans in America may be rare, but if observation is anything to go by there’s more now than there was a decade ago.

  3. Richard Bowley permalink
    September 26, 2012 04:44

    The Lutheran Bishop of North Carolina, when looked at a first glance, actually would be easily mistaken for a regular Lutheran pastor. Even in the Nordic and Baltic Lutheran churches, the bishops, like their Anglican counterparts, will always wear the cope when they are not celebrating Mass.

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