Historians recently discovered a new Appendix to famous theologian and historian St Stephanus Gauthierus’ A Complete and Accurate History of Christianity. In this addendum to Vol III: The Fantastic Fourth Century, St. Stephanus tells of a now-lost tradition called “Bow/Tie Sunday.”
“In the early 4th century, a monk name Jerome found himself struggling in his spiritual journey as he walked through the long days of Ordinary Time between Pentecost and Advent. As he fasted and prayed for the Lord to renew him, he had a vision of himself with a rope tied around his midriff, being led by Jesus through a rocky place. The vision was yearly commemorated by the church through the wearing of a ribbon tied about the waist. During the Renaissance, the practice was adapted to suit the fashion of the day by tying beautiful bows around the pious’ necks. Today, we commemorate this saint’s vision by wearing bows in their many iterations—on clothes, bowties, and as a hair ornament.”
Get ready for our Rez celebration of Bow/Tie Sunday, August 7!