Tuesday, June 14, 2005

And did those feet...

If you were expecting some serious theological reflection on that great favourite "Jerusalem", I'm sorry but you're going to be disappointed.


Instead you're going to get one of those random thoughts that occur to me once in a while.

This time it was whilst sitting in the chapel at Ripon College, Cuddesdon before evening prayers with the SAOMC.

I was looking up at the stained glass window, beautifully illuminated with the evening sun and I noticed for the first time that only ONE person in the whole window has a robe which is not so long that you cannot see his or her feet and even in that one instance, you can only see one foot.

What is that about?

I've noticed it in other windows too!

Do holy people not show their feet?

Why only ONE foot in some cases?

And another thing... when there's only one foot showing why is it always in a funny position forward and slightly to the side?

Best foot forward perhaps?

It does remind me of the Levitical priest actually! Not sure if I mentioned this before but a Levitical priest's foot got me into trouble!

My friend Mark and I were sitting in our evening class on Hebrews when Mark turned the page in his delightfully/cheesily illustrated Good News Bible there was a picture of a Levtical priest (with reference to the superiority of Christ's priesthood "in the order of Melchizidek" over the traditional priesthood of the Jewish community).

This was a rather silly looking picture and it was just as Alan was reiterating that the Levitical order was inferior that I noticed that the pirest in the picture only had... wait for it... ONE FOOT. At that moment my brain said "Well it WOULD be a weaker order of priesthood... he's only got one leg!" This made me giggle out loud and that made Mark look at me with a "What???" and THAT got us both told off! Alan actually used the words, "Am I going to have to separate you two?" Mark still didn't get it until I then explained it later causing HIM to giggle and get told off again!

Well I thought THAT was funny until I found THIS SITE of religious costumes

There must be people who buy these things. That is scary!


Barrie said...

Perhaps its just that stained-glass window makers find feet particularly difficult to do?

Dave said...

Nice costumes. I've done some mild analysis on them on my blog.

Hope you all had a nice time today!

Kathryn said...

Apparently lots of slebs pose with 1 foot forward, as it means they look slimmer? Maybe Holy People have body issues implicit in their stained glass windows? Does my bum look big in the Levitical preist outfit, and all that sort of thing?