Friday, April 8, 2011

Finally, someone I can get on board with!

It has been a few Fridays since I've posted a quote from my church history text books.  I'm sure there are quite a few out there who are really concerned!  Well be concerned no more.

Here is a quote about a character in the English church of the 1550s, John Hooper. (Page 185)

"Meanwhile John Hooper, 'the father of nonconformity,' was causing considerable difficulties for, having been appointed Bishop of Gloucester, he had refused to wear a surplice and cope at his consecration, declaring that he would countenance no ceremonies but such as could be justified by the New Testament."

If you're like me, you may have to look a few words up in the dictionary.  Here are some that I had to look up:

surplice |ˈsərplis|nouna loose white linen vestment varying from hip-length to calf-length, worn over a cassock by clergy, acolytes, and choristers at Christian church services.

cope nouna long, loose cloak worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions.
cassock |ˈkasək|nouna full-length garment of a single color worn by certain Christian clergy, members of church choirs, acolytes, and others having some particular office or role in a church.
countenance |ˈkountn-əns|verb [ trans. ]admit as acceptable or possible

There, now you maybe learned something new!

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