Friday, October 09, 2009

Renaissance Festival Orthodoxy


Yorgos Bilalis of the Romeiko Ensemble joined with costume designer Fatima Lavor-Peters to recreate the chanters (psalti) vestments worn before the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The vestments were designed from frescoes and manuscript depicting the garments. After the Fall under Ottoman rule the chanters wore only the black riassa worn up to the present day.


Well...since this is the REAL tradition and not the modernist liturgical minimalism we've adopted, I thought about having one made to wear for our Bishop's visit coming up soon. (I like the "paper hat" style rather than the "Coneheads").


(Wouldn't THAT be a hoot? In my old days, if we had such things in my Protestant Church, I'd have done it...though I did do stuff that amounted to the same thing. Its a good thing I didn't become Orthodox in my 30's.)
H/T to Byzantine Texas

12 comments:

Chris Moore said...

I love the sight of all those pot-bellies!!

Allan said...

Is outrage! that you ecumenists mock TRUE Orthodoxy!!! :-D

Clint said...

I am thinking more and more that it is a good thing that you and I were never "hanging out" back in the CoC days....

We would have not only been "disfellowshipped" we would have ended up tarred and feathered, I am thinking....

s-p said...

Yeah Clint, can you imagine a whole congregation of church of Christ folks like we used to be? Some day I'll tell the story of anointing/blessing a Biker and his prostitute girl friend's baby on a Sunday morning without telling the elders beforehand. An elder's wife literally almost went into cardiac arrest.

margaret said...

That hats, oh the hats... Moo should be more careful with what he links to... I may never recover from this.

Anonymous said...

Margaret, LOL! Yeah, actually if these were required Reader's garb in our day I think it might have been a deal breaker for my tonsure. It would have been a hard obedience to get me into one of those "paper hat" get ups. Thank God "styles of vestments" weren't delivered to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. :)

rightwingprof said...

Some traditions die for a reason. This is one.

James the Thickheaded said...

The possibilities!

Now I know it looks like "Dodge Ball", but it sure tells me something about why the Byzantine empire didn't survive. It doesn't EXPLAIN it, but it demonstrates that maybe... somethings weren't meant to be.

Yet I'm thinking if only they had a guy in the middle with a really different hat... with a jet engine on it... some wings... and a laser gun that came out of a secret door... now that would be cool and complete the picture.

Otherwise, kind of reminds me of the scene at the end of Monty Python's "Life of Brian" with the Samurai Suicide Squad.

s-p said...

JtTH, Eruditely hilarious as usual. I wonder in 600 years if Protestants will look back on their Hawaiian shirted pastors and have the same reaction. I was thinking something like a Stealth Bomber hat would be cool for the "Protopsalti" too.

James the Thickheaded said...

Oh you're killing me!

Yeah. Imagine the same photo with Hawaian shirts, lays, surf boards, etc. maybe Tatoo and Ricardo Montalban in white leisure suits.

Best of all would be the looks on their faces: Like we're totally serious man. Totally.

Richard said...

So, in all seriousness, I have seen icons of the Elevation of the Cross with some guys standing in the lower left of the icon dressed just like those guys with the pointy hats, and I could never figure out who they were supposed to be (I thought maybe they were Jews). So those guys were readers, then? (as a reader myself, I think I prefer a cassock.)

Donna Farley said...

shshsh...don't anyone tell the Bad Vestments blog about this one....:-)