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Decently habited, LXXVIII

February 13, 2012

On his feast day, Absalom Jones reminds us how it is to be done.

Read more about Jones here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill Dilworth permalink
    February 16, 2012 10:59

    But what is he decently habited to do? For what purpose do Anglican priests wear whatever the Rev. Mr. Jones is wearing (besides academic functions, I suppose)?

    • February 16, 2012 11:26

      In the low church days of yore, they would have either read Morning Prayer in the gown, or they would have read it in the surplice and changed into the gown to preach. Communion was always administered in the surplice.

      See Laurence Sterne.

  2. Bill Dilworth permalink
    February 17, 2012 14:35

    Thank you. One more question: did they not wear the surplice in the pulpit out of principle, or was it just tradition? Was it perhaps to distinguish their own interpretations of the Gospel from the more authoritative fixed portions and readings of the Communion Service?

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