Sunday, 24 November 2013

Time To Dress Up

As you all know I don't " do" religion . I clean the church...yes.......I help out with  church activities yes and I think that the Church has an important and valid part to play in community life....but I don't go to services, I don't worship and I don't pray....even when the far and distant memories of Prestatyn High School's morning service gets pricked at funerals and weddings with renditions of the Lord's  prayer.
It's something I feel strongly about.
Anyhow,
The Bishop visited Dyserth Church today and Trelawnyd's congregation swelled the ranks in support of our small Church here in Trelawnyd. 
Chris helped out in his role of  church warden and donned his best tunicle for the event and I must admit that the " official photo" of the lineup does look rather impressive and almost Christmasy!
Though a little bit of tinsel and a couple of baubles wouldn't go amiss

I heard that organist Gaynor gave the organ some welly and that Dyserth Church was full for the event ......I have a sense that people are quite drawn to the local Bishop, who seems a wonderfully  jolly character............in a rather old fashioned and pleasing way

No it's not the finale of the stage show Sister Act
The Bishop of St Asaph ( centre)
chris ( second  left)

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  1. i don't do religion either. but chris looks very handsome in his church garb.

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  2. They all look very 'fetching'.

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    1. Did you mean... oh never mind.

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  3. I see Chris sits on the Bishop's right hand.

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  4. chris is very dapper looking there. hopefully you cleaned up proper for THE BISHOP (said in a monty python voice). I don't do religion either; waste of time.

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    1. Anne Marie..... I didn't go........it's not quite my cup of tea

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  5. CHRIS IS SMILING!!
    Jane x

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    1. Oh yes he is!
      I never noticed this before

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    2. Its because he is wearing white with a fancy gold overlay, looks smartly done - and there are no dogs, birds, 4 legged creatures to mire the effect....thats where that smile is coming from...

      xoxox

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  6. Wow, Chris looks as natty as the Bishop! He certainly cuts a fine figure, your Chris. So did you not go at all? Just asking. xxx

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    1. No jo
      I spent my time stuffing a chicken

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  7. Where are the women? Is this a male only clergy?

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    1. Jimbo..
      I think there there a few women in the clergy in the local area
      Not my expertise I'm afraid

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  8. the man 2nd from right, looks a cheeky chappie!

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    1. That's our vicar!!!!!!!

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  9. They DO look a jolly lot.

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  10. Oh, how swish! I trust that Chris camps it up like.....well, hell!

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  11. They look like they've all had a few drinks in the back room just before the photo! What a happy group and Chris? Most handsome. Gold tunics become him.

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  12. I feel like you do John. Mention of St Asaph got me thinking - isn't there a lovely little cathedral there?

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    1. Yes pat
      It's a tiny cathedral
      Chris was confirmed there

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  13. Chris is the tallest among them...is he tall?

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    1. Like a mighty oak susie x

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  14. I love the way you each accommodate each others belief or non belief.....pretty smart looking bunch in the photo eh?

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  15. Great photo beautiful stained glass! You still do your part for the community.....bless you

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  16. LOVELY !
    What a beautiful church and handsome group.
    The window is wonderful. But it does remind me of The Vicar of Dibly when the church window gets damaged.
    Being raised Polish Catholic, I get caught up and still very comfortable in some of the old traditions but I don't really embrace organized religion.
    Just look at all the damage it had done in history plus now all the killing done in the name of religion in the middle east.
    Yikes !

    cheers, parsnip

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  17. Lovely photo. Never seen a church warden in vestments before - very smart!

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  18. I don't do it either but go to the school services as a matter of duty. OB has an unfortunate habit of telling every vicar (we've had three in the last five years) that: 'I don't believe in God - I don't even know why I have to be here'. VERY embarrassing.

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  19. Although I'm not a fan of organised religion but there is something about being in an old village church where people have come for solace since medieval times.

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  21. Do they not do a pink frock for Chris? lol

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    1. He suits the gold one I thought

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  22. There is a St Asaph Street in old town Alexandria Virginia - possibly reflecting our heritage.

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    1. That's interesting....I know many Welshmen ended up in ohio and virginia.
      I am off to google it

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  23. Love the crisp white robes and all the gold but you're right, a bit of red and green tinsel would have been rather jolly.

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  24. What a GRAND picture!
    Ruth in Oxnard CA

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  25. I love a beautiful, formal service. I always enjoyed Vespers. I admit I don't go to church anymore, though. It's too much fun to stay in bed with Willy Dunne Wooters on Sunday morning.

    Love,
    Janie

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  26. Are you sure he was the Bishop? The expression on his face makes him look as though he's got dressed up for a lark and is amazed that he's got away with it!

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  27. I must say .... Chris looks amazing in his frock!!

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    1. Originally I thought he'd look like Shirley bassey

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    2. Well maybe the Morecambe and Wise version of Shirley Bassey .... you know the one where they replace her strappy shoe with an old boot while she descends the stairs ;-)

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  28. Chris looks very good in his vestments. I am not a believer but go to the local Anglican church. Like Philip Pullman, I see Christianity as the custom of my tribe - and I like the traditional hymns and the trappings.

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  29. My that picture brings me back to Catholic school. It also make me want to belt out "Tradition!"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRdfX7ut8gw

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  30. One of my fav musical songs fifi

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  31. 'Old- fashioned' being the operative words here since women clergy can't seem to crash through that glass ceiling which stops them reaching the heady heights of 'Bishop'. I read on a t-shirt 'God is an equal opportunities employer......pity about the Church'.

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  32. When i was a lay reader in the Episcopal church our vestments were a black cassock and white surplice. Only the priest or rector wore the gold, purple, or green depending upon the liturgical season. Oh, and white on Easter, but quilted similar to what Chris et al are wearing in the photo.

    Chris looks quite fetching.

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