22nd Card for Christmas 2010

Boy Bishop

In the Middle Ages the Christmas season offered a special delight to a few lucky boys. On December 28, Holy Innocents’ Day, religious communities, cathedrals, colleges, schools, and parish churches throughout Europe permitted an ordinary choirboy to take over the role of the local bishop. Known as the boy bishop, these kingsfor-a-day were enormously popular with the people, in spite of the reservations of some Church authorities. They wore episcopal robes and rings especially made for boys, led processions, officiated at services, preached sermons, made visitations, and received gifts. What’s more, the administrators of local cathedrals were  sometimes expected to entertain the boy bishop and his entourage in a manner befitting their assumed rank. These festivities came to an end around the sixteenth century, when Church and state officials finally prohibited
boy bishops. In some areas, however, the custom lingered on. One French diocese supported a boy bishop until 1721. In recent years some English cathedrals have revived the medieval custom of sponsoring a boy bishop at Christmas time.

Materials Used:

CEF winter bundle : tartan
CChobby ofr the cardstocks
Reindeer bought in Thailand
"God Jul" cahrm by CCHobby
SU photo corner punch
Stickles by YouDo - Iris yellow

Copic Markers:
skin - E00, 93, and R00
hair - E33, 35, 53
sweater - B12, 93, 95
scarf / cap - Y8, 11, 15
gloves / pants - YG11, 41 and promarker apple
boots - W5, C5, 7
ski - W1, promarkers agean and warm grey 3


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