Happy Gaudete Sunday!
It’s that lovely point mid-way through Advent when we all get a little break from penitential purple, and the Rose vestments make a rare appearance in Church.
The title of the day comes not from Steeleye Span, but from the Introit to the Latin Mass: Gaudete in Domino semper; iterum dico, Gaudete! Or, to put it another way, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).
The Vicar had great cause to rejoice this morning, as she got to wear her new Fiddleback, made especially for her in Rome. Photographs were supposed to have been taken (not least because the tailor wanted a copy…) but in all the excitement, they got forgotten. So instead, we present you with this picture of a vastly inferior modern gothic chasuble, worn by a cleric almost as famous as the Vicar herself:
(Note to readers: this bloke is easily confused with the Holy Curate of Sheppey. You can tell them apart, though, because the Holy Curate has never yet been seen in pink polyester…)