'That' Blue Chasuble
It's always interesting to look at the referrals page on sitemeter to see how readers discover this blog. I was tickled to find that one person found Roman Miscellany (I don't know why) by typing the following words into google:
POPE AUSTRIA BLUE CHASUBLE UGLY
I assume this refers to what the Holy Father was wearing at Mariazell today:
I must confess that, when I saw the pictures of Pope Benedict processing into Mass on EWTN, I assumed that the wet weather had made the colours run. Beneath his calm exterior he must have been cringing with embarrassment. The vestments do raise the interesting question - unless Mariazell has special permission as a major shrine, does this mean that blue vestments for Masses of Our Lady are fully above-board? I am always happy to follow the Holy Father on such matters!
Another question: I wonder what our beloved Pontiff will be wearing this coming Friday?!