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Liturgically correct sock-wearing

On May 11, we celebrated Pentecost at King of Peace and encouraged all to wear red. The participation was great and our seats were filled with red-wearing worshippers. That day, our Senior Warden Robin Davenport-Ray announced that we don't always wear the same color, but jokingly added that "next week the color will be blue." Yesterday, more than the usual number of folks were wearing blue, though none seemed to be in response to the remark made in announcements the previous week. Perhaps it was coincidence, or maybe a subliminal response to the suggestion.

In any case, it seems we have nothing on the mother church of the Diocese of Georgia. An Episcopal Church News Service article reports that the group at Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah has taken to liturgically correct sock-wearing as a playful way of being community. The story is online here: Episcopal joy persists in Savannah despite trying times.


  • At 5/19/2008 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are Robin D-Ray and Robert D-Ray the same person? (A few posts below you referred to him as Robert)

    PS I vote for no sox!

  • At 5/19/2008 10:35 AM, Blogger King of Peace said…

    Yes, Robert and Robin are one in the same. I usually call him Robin and refer to him to others as Robert. I typed it without thinking.

    PS: No socks sounds more Lenten to me.

  • At 5/19/2008 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    But, if we were all sockless, we would always be sure to be coordinated. :)

    No socks sounds more summer/comfortable to me. We could pick up liturgically correct colored ankle bands at the door.

  • At 5/19/2008 4:08 PM, Blogger The Underground Pewster said…

    It would be hard to convince a Yankees fan to wear red sox.

  • At 5/19/2008 4:40 PM, Anonymous Searching said…

    Oh that was bad, but I'm also a Red Sox fan (lol) Go bosox!!!

  • At 5/19/2008 6:56 PM, Blogger Robin D. said…

    Just to give you a little background on my "given nickname". I was given a specific nickname for Robert, "Robin", so that I would not be called Bob or Bobby which are "Engish Nicknames".

    See this Wikipedia article on the name.

    Robin was originally a diminutive given name of Robert, derived from the prefix Rob- (hrod, Old Germanic, meaning "fame"), and the suffix -in (Old French diminutive).

    More recently, it is used as an independent name. The name Robin is unique, being a masculine given name, feminine given name, and a surname. In the United Kingdom, it is generally regarded as a male name, although it is sometimes given to females.

    In the United States, it is more popular as a female name -- during the 1990s, for example, it was the 325th most popular name girl's name and the 693rd most popular boy's name.

    My family descended is mostly Scottish settlers from the 1600's and during that time the name Robert was very popular as was the diminutive nickname. This was mostly because of the Famous Scottish King Robert the Bruce.

    Robert I, King of Scots (11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329) usually known in modern English as Robert the Bruce (Mediaeval Gaelic:Roibert a Briuis; modern Scottish Gaelic: Raibeart Bruis; Norman French: Robert de Brus or Robert de Bruys; ) was King of the Scots from 1306 until his death.

    He was quite famous for his indepent nature and resisting the English. {Or was that Anglicans ;) }

    Robin Davenport-Ray


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