As many of those who know me will tell you – I don’t go in for the clerical gear. Originally based on 3rd century Roman peasant dress and updated in the middle ages I just think it looks faintly ridiculous.
My grandmother differed on this one. She liked her vicars well dressed ( a churchwarden for over 40 years) and used to make all sorts of weird and wonderful articles for them to wear. She bought me a cloak for my ordination “because I think vicars should be properly turned out”, it has been used for dressing up more than anything else by my children.
So what would she make of my current set of dog collars???? The top one is my main one for some years now. The problem is that it keeps breaking and getting smaller and smaller. In fact it did its last snap just before the baptism service last weekend – rather stressful.
The key is that it only needs to cover the gap and you need to round off the sharp edges at the end – otherwise it works! I once spent over 1/2 an hour trying to insert one that I hadn’t rounded off but it just wouldn’t go into the shirt because of the sharp edges.
But do not worry I have some on order from Oasis bookshop and am about to go and get it – my grandmother can rejoice again! The confirmation service tomorrow with Bishop Nick will not be dishonoured.