WHAT strange things clothes are! Yet where would we be with-
out them? I never realised how important they are until I started to think about them. Cloth which is woven, dyed, cut and stitched to come out as the gowns of haute couture, frocks on the racks of department stores, dresses carefully cut from patterns on the sitting-room floor, bundles of Jumble-sale remnants unwanted and unloved.
I wonder who remembers now the tailors Who sat cross-legged on their tables, or the wonderful ladies who could make you a hat for that special family occasion?
How full the Bible is of clothing! From the aprons of Adam and Eve to thos apocalyptic launderers who washed their robes while in the Blood of the Lamb, from ephods to the vesture of pure gold — all of these worn to the glory of God.
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I often think about this as I attend women's meetings up and down the country. There is no speech so dull that it cannot he enlivened by imagining how the audience would look in different clothes. How thankful I am that some people have bothered to dress at all, no matter how drably!
I have recently been loaned an anthology of knitting patterns from that wonderful magazine. The Lady. It truly is an
anthology. Those twin-sets and
matinee-coats are like a bouquet of summer flowers. I used to enjoy knitting while listening in to Henry Hall or Stuart Hibberd. But alas! Today's television viewing just makes me cross-
stitch. Do our modern mothers find time to teach their daughters to knit-one-purl-one?
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How elegant the clergy looked at the Royal Wedding; the Archbishop was quite other- worldly in his silver cope. I wonder if anyone else found it strange, as 1 did, to see Bishop Leonard wearing the cope of London churches which we had grown so used to seeing on the broad shoulders of Bishop Ellison, who crowned it with a fine head of hair. Ichabod!
I wonder if my readers could help me by sending in photographs of themselves in their favourite clothes. I should like to see them if they would send them. Or perhaps you would like to take a photograph of a friend or neighbour. if I can get enough, I will have them printed in a special supplement.
Private Patron requires good left-hand~ bowler for rural incumbency vacated owing to injury sustained from a bouncer in August.
Apply Box 459 (or any other make).
DIOCESE OF BLACKBURN
Vacated by retirement
The Archbishop of York is looking for a mature man to fill this attractive post, which compasses a ministry to quite a lot of people.
The applicant will be married with 2.3 children, good "A" levels, well-spoken but not too la-di-dah, and above all should be capable of laughing at the Provost.
Those interested in applying should write to the Archbishop enclosing a c.v., the names of three referees, the names of their Public School and their Oxbridge College, stating their year at Westcott House and enclosing a recommendation from a relative in episcopal orders and the Master of their Lodge (where not coterminous),
Team Vicar wanted for go-ahead daughter Church in multi-level pedestrian precinct in forward- looking new town. Challenging work with committed laity.' Radical renewal in two-bedroom maisonette. Opportunity for pioneering work in integrated transport systems.
Apply The Rector, Maynard Keynes, Bournville, Nr. Cadbury, Somerset.
DIOCESE OF SHEFFIELD
THE Bishop hopes to appoint a weedy, boring and faithless priest as CANON in Sheffield Cathedral. He would need to be home-loving yet a philanderer, bone-idle and yet good at appearing to be busy.
Free telephone, TV and music centre.
Apply in first instance to: The Master, Rubiks Cube,
Social Security Office, Sheffield.
Could this be you or thousands like you?
Why not invest in my amazing infradraw method?
DIOCESE OF OXFORD
Vacated by preferment CHAPLAIN TO PARSON'S PLEASURE
Pastoral responsibility for eclectic congregation.
Interest in youth an advantage. Suit retired clergyman.
Apply with photograph to the Lord Bishop of Oxford.
Th e Road Haulage Association is not seeking to appoint a national chaplain and we withdraw this suggestion unreservedly.
DIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK
THE PARISH OF
ST. TRISTRAM, WIMBLEDON
TEAM VICAR REQUIRED
An attractive post in SW. London "Muesli belt". Mixed upwardly- socially-mobile population with effete, wet-liberal and S.D.P. views, presenting a meaningful interface with reality.
Applicants should possess large dog, green Wellingtons and Guernsey sweater/Husky. Generous dinner-party expenses and battered Continental car available.
Further details from Diocesan Office.
SERVICES & MEETING4S
ST. BIGOT'S, BRIGHTON
FEAST OF TITLE
11.00 a.m — HIGH MASS
Preacher: Fr. Lacey-Cotta, V.M.
Music: Llandaff in A Minor.
Orchestra with canon and mortar effects.
3.45 p.m. — SOLEMN EXPOSITION OF THE VICAR
followed by procession
Fast trains from Victoria.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25 FULL MOON
11.30 pm — PILGRIMAGE IN DEFENCE OF THE OLD RELIGION TO STONEHENGE (Traditional Rite)
Preacher: The Rev. Father Fank Brown.
Druids to robe 12,00 midnight — TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION TO MISTLETOE GROVE
Depart Paddington Station 6.30 pm Fast Train.
HOLY TRINITY, BROMPTON THE LORD'S DAY
8.00 a.m.— MATTINS
Preacher: The Vicar.
"Worship in to-day's Church".
9.00 a.m. — MATTINS
Preacher: The Senior Curate.
10.00 a.rn. — MATTINS
Preacher: The Deputy/Senior Curate.
"The Body of Christ-
11.00 a.m. — MATTINS
Preacher: The Assistant to the Deputy Senior Curate.
"The Importance of Holy Com-
12.00 noon: — MATTINS
Preacher: The Junior Assistant to the Deputy Senior Curate.
"The Eucharistic life".
6.00 p.m. — MATTINS
Preacher: The Auxiliary to the Junior Assistant to the Deputy Senior Curate.
"The Real Presence".
Large car park
| GAY CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT CHARISMATIC BONDAGE EVENING |
Friday, September 25, 8.00 p.m., St.
Buses direct from Piccadilly
ST. MARY'S, SW1
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
7.30 p.m. — HIGH MASS OF
THANKSGIVING FOR THE
ENTHRONEMENT OF THE LORD
BISHOP OF LONDON
Celebrant: The Lord Bishop-
Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Mervyn Stopcock.
Music: Coronation Mass—Mozart; Assumpta est Ellison. — Skeogh. (Black tie)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Commem. of Dame Gracie Fields,
Matron. 8.00 a.m., 8.30 a.m., 9.00 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. — Low(ish) Mass.
11.00 a.m. — HIGH MASS
Celebrant: The Vicar.
Preacher: The Ven. Piers Bickersteth-Wingffield-Wykeham- Fiennes, KCVO (Archdeacon of Tierra del Fuego)
Music: Sally, In my Ohio home; Wish me luck as you Wave me Goodbye.
6.00 p.m. — SOLEMN EVENSONG, PROCESSION, BENEDICTION & FIREWORKS
Chauffeurs to collect at 8.00 p.m.
SODALITY OF ST. ANNE Grandmother of God
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
ANNUAL WALSINGHAM DEVOTIONS
1.15 p.m. — Evensong
Preacher: Fr. Very Careful.
2.00 p.m. — Shrine Prayers.
2.30 p.m. — Procession to Boot Chapel.
2.43 p.m. — Sprinklings.
4.00 p.m. — Vespers.
Holy Annie, God's Granny, Ora Pro Nobis
Refreshments will be available in the Hospice after Vespers. Please bring own tonic.
Very slow, dirty trains to Fakenham from Liverpool St.
ST. JIM'S ECCLESIASTICAL PLANT, PICCADILLY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
COMMEM. OF CLEMENT ATTLEE, CONFESSOR
10.30 a.m. — DANCED MATTINS
The Bermondsey Bolivian- Solidarity Clog Dancers.
Music: Te Deum for unaccompanied Sitar — Levin.
12.00 p.m. — SEXUALITY
An investigation into the crisis of contemporary sisterhood led by Monica Pole and illustrated by Lambeth Council's Performing Troupe of Single-Parent Feminists (Provisional Wing),
1.00 p.m. — MUESLI
In the Vicarage.
2.00 p.m. — STREET THEATRE & BREAST-FEEDING AFFIRMATION
In Jermyn Street.
3.00 p.m. — PICKET OF THE ATHENAEUM
4.00 p.m. — ROCK EVENSONG
Anthem: "And I saw a Nye Bevan" — Bairstow.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus.
ST. LAWRENCE JEWRY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Martin Bormann: "Where I went wrong".
1.15 o'clock Nearest Tube; St. Paul's