Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Gorgeous robes are not just for Popes and archbishops and
here in Manchester we have the clergy on the catwalk annual show. The modelling
ministers are showing off the latest designs at an annual Christian event
nicknamed ‘The Ideal Church Show’ this week. But some of the outfits, from an
electric blue dress for female clergy to a full Easter tableau on the front of
a flowing white smock, may shock traditionalists who make a ‘habit’ of a simple
dog collar. Gone are the 50 shades of grey (not the book) and in has come a
spectrum of colour and design. ‘Nun’ of your made to measure then, but you can always have someone ‘altar’ it? Senior
Anglican figures are hoping to show that the church is modernising and can
attract younger audiences to it. Seven clergy from churches in the North West
will be taking to the 'Righteous Runway' to exhibit the designs. Called ‘Clergy
On The Catwalk’ it features designers Juliet Hemingray, Hayes and Finch, Cross
Designs and J&M Sewing. The CRE event is dubbed 'The Ideal Church Show'
because it features ecclesiastical suppliers who provide everything from church
lighting to parish computer systems and even coffins. The two day show is
expected to attract around 3,000 visitors. The ‘host’
has made a significant in-‘vestment’
and I'm sure they’d like to make a ‘prophet’
so lets hope it’s ‘souled’ out. As for the bad puns don't blame me , blame ‘hymn’.
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