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Παρασκευή, 13 Ιουλίου 2018

Q: What should we wear to church?


A: In our present day and age, it seems that more often than not we live in a very casual type of society; where an atmosphere of "casual dress" and "business casual" are the cultural norm. This prevailing attitude has somewhat permeated even into the life of many churches (one often hears rumors of people in other Christian denominations walking up to the chalice in cut-off jeans, Kiss T-shirts, and tennis shoes). Such an attitude is at direct odds with our ethos or way of thinking/acting.

In the Orthodox Church we try to maintain and hold to the high-calling and expectations of our worship services. Therefore, although one needs not necessarily wear an expensive three-piece suit or formal designer dress, we still expect people to dress appropriately and with the reality that we come to stand and worship in the presence of God. And although God might not care what we wear to church (He did, after all, create us to live naked and without shame), we, ourselves, still should.

Therefore, most men who attend our services generally wear suits or sport coats, and the woman wear dresses (or in some instances, nice pants suits).

A good rule of thumb, however, is to simply "dress your best" without putting on airs or calling attention to yourself. If one is poor and does not own anything better, than come in the cleanest, neatest clothing possible. We pass no judgments.

Keep in mind that "dressing-up," especially given today's current standards, can be considered an offering (sacrifice) of respect to God.

Fr. John

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