Sunday, January 27, 2008

For The Same Reason A Married Man Should Wear His Wedding Ring

From Karen Hall's blog.

Given the title of my new blog, I thought this article was well worth sharing: Why Do Priests Wear Black?"
The article traces the entire history of clerical garb. It was all interesting to me. If you don't share my fascination for such things, and you just want to cut to the chase, here what you need to read:
The symbolism of the cassock is as follows; The Roman collar symbolizes obedience; the Sash or cincture around that waist, chastity; and the color black, poverty. Moreover, black is a color of mourning arid death for the priest, the symbolism is dying to oneself to rise and serve the Lord as well as giving witness of the Kingdom yet to come.
The Code of Canon Law still requires "clerics are to wear suitable ecclesiastical garb in accord with the norms issued by the conference of bishops and in accord with legitimate local custom" (No. 284). In our very secular world, the wearing of clerical garb continues to be a visible sign of belief and of the consecration of one's life to the service of the Lord and His Church.
Read the entire article here.
The photo is from Henniger's Church Goods and Liturgical Vestments (here)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Black IS the new black is what I always say!