Downton Abbey And The Tridentine Mass
Without wanting to look like the one shooting on the Red Cross, I'd like to say two words about proper dressing in Church.
I do not find any problem in people who dress at Mass like characters from “Downton Abbey”. The gentlemen and ladies in question all dress invariably with the outmost propriety. This is something that should be welcomed, not criticised.
Now, if rich people dress richly at Mass, this shows they know how to properly honour the One Whom they are visiting. If poor people dress at Mass with timeless decorum, this should be praised, if possible, even more.
But those who should undoubtedly be praised most are the girls attending Mass in dresses reminding the one or other Australian woman of the girls in the “little house in the prairie”: they are a luminous ray of purity in a world in which sluttishness is the new decency.
Jokes aide, it is nothing less than astonishing in a world where many don't have a problem in showing up in church in shorts and/or flip flops, there should be a problem in dressing in Downton Abbey style.
The problem of all Anglo-Saxon societies is that they have forgotten the old Downton Abbey world, and they could use every bit of it.
Even if only to show The Lord due respect.