|Ref: 4-8789, Old Holy Trinity Church, Otahuhu, c. 1900-1919, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
The issue was of some vexation
And shook the Synod’s proud foundation
‘She’-ordination had been mooted
A thing against tradition rooted
The question raised a great debate
Should a woman celebrate
A lady priest in Church no less
Would she wear surplice or mini-dress?
She’d certainly have a busy life
Priest, confessor, mother, wife
With marriages, baptisms, pots and lids
Meetings of vestry and bathing the kids
You must stay away you heartless sinner
From 3 to 6 she’s cooking dinner
No meetings on Tuesday
That’s quite firm
For that’s her day for set and perm.
An Anglo-Catholic would strike some bother
Calling her Father – or is it Mother?
I’d be in doubt, I do confess
Should she be priest or maybe priestess?
I really wonder if fashion decrees
Cassock to ankles or up past knees
And think of the grief when the sermon’s begun
The Vicar finds that a nylon has started to run.
The thought of that Vicar fair gets me down
‘Twould cause a plaster saint to frown
On top of these things that all need fixin’
Would she be Vicar, Vicaress or Vixen?
I’m so confused my head’s awhirl
Should my Vicar be a girl
While some object on grounds of theology
To me it’s a case of simple biology.
|Ref: 4-8793,Old Holy Trinitiy Church, Otahuhu, c. 1900-1919, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: 4-3746, Selwyn Church, Mangere East, 1928, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: 4-8791, Showing Holy Trinity Church, Otahuhu, 1928, Sir George Grey Special Collections|