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Dressing Guidance for the Confirmation Ceremony

April 29, 2019 11:51:48 AM CST

Confirmation in Christianity is a Reform-originated rite that is performed via prayer, anointing or the laying of hands with the objective of conferring the Gift of the Holy Ghost. As one of the Jewish solemnities whose history is less than 200 years, Confirmation is deemed as the practice of the covenant initiated in Holy Baptism and the unique ceremony to grant the recipient the official membership in the local church. The Confirmation is likewise the facilitator to strengthen the bond between baptized members and the congregation. When the young teens aged 13 to 16, they'll normally appropriately wear a confirmation gown to attend the occasion accompanied by their family members, relatives, and friends. It's the time that youngsters to appease their family and reinforced the Christian faith. In a number of parishes, there are detailed guidelines that specifically outlined what should be worn when attending the Confirmation. Kids in other houses of prayers are entitled to put together the occasional wears by themselves as long as the dressing style is solemn and respectful.

For Boys
The dress code for boys might be slightly delicate than what they wear for a common Mass. The dressy, professional, and formal outfit which show respect is the key. A suit, the light collared button-up shirt or a jacket in solid colors paired with a neutral colored slack and a tie would be the cohesive ideal fit. For instance, a black trouser with a leather belt and a long sleeve well-fitting white jacket would be a typical combo. Shorts, short sleeve shirts as well as the loose slack that is likely to slip off are inappropriate and not acceptable. When it comes to footwear, the general rule in terms of styling is to resonate with the occasion and the attire being worn. Premium loafers or other timeless leather shoes in a decent condition are preferable while sneakers like tennis shoes are undeniably not advised for the Confirmation.

For Girls
Remember that the Confirmands might be standing in front of the congregation for a relatively long period of time or even under a robe, thus, feeling comfort ought to be a priority. A simple elegant sleeved dress of mid-calf length would be always a smart choice. Instead of selecting an outdated dress they may merely wear once, elder girls will probably pick out something tasteful with spaghetti straps or even strapless and pair it with tops like a classic cardigan or basic bolero to cover the shoulders. Concerning dresses are fairly conventional and universal for the service, wearing an A-line white knee-length or maxi skirt with an unadorned pullover is a sound alternative. Whatever your outfit is, please be aware that a translucent shirt with a camisole beneath it, or a dress which is too tight or too short, is undoubtedly not advisable at the confirmation ceremony. With regards to footwear, a pair of formal low heels or flats which match the garb in a proper way is considered suitable.

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6 Historical Phases of Choir Robes

March 19, 2019 3:46:21 PM CST

Although the precise historical introduction of the origin of the choir robes is beyond our investigation capability, a concise chronological interpretation of the history of the choir outfits based on archaeological materials and documents is what the article meant to be. Prior to the formal part of the article, it's of significance to keep the universal concept in mind that the contemporary choir gowns are actually developed from a variety of gowns, robes, as well as vestments and the wearers of the individuals may vary from the staff of religious institutions such as churches and temples to students at school.

Ancient Egypt
Dating back to approximately 2700 B.C., a visual depiction of early choirs has been around. Evidence found in the ancient tombs reveals that the uniform dress code like today's robes or vestments for such incipient choirs doesn't exist.

Ancient Greece and Rome
Images depicted on a portion of Greek pottery dating from 425 B.C. objectively prove the existence of potentially-formal choir robe. The graphic patterns on the Greek pottery show a group of choir members singing and playing musical instruments with long loose-fitting gowns in slightly elaborate design which likely stem from the ancient tunic. Considering the tunic was the inspiration for the evolution of the religious attire, it makes every sense that the ancient tunic and early-stage choir robe shared the similarities.

Medieval Ages
Since this period, those typical small notes marked above words designating the rise or fall of the pitch have been gradually normalized by Pope Gregory I who set music standard for musicians and composers. The choirs of boys were emerging and occupied the mainstream then due to the association between the churches and decent schools. First-rate choirs of boys at that time include "Ratisbonne Choir" from German and the British "Kings College Choir". As time goes by, the majority of churches of that era had their own choristers. Their garb which followed the fashionable tendency of official clerical attire spontaneously underwent the process of formalization and developed a "choir look".

Secular choirs and choral music started to be dominant until a portion of musicians in the Renaissance was funded by a number of wealthy patrons. It is during this era that a batch of renowned chorus music like motets and masses were composed. Though the inclination that the choir apparel became fashion-oriented continued as that was in the Medieval period, the diversity in terms of the color and design of the choir attire was formed.

Inspired by the style of the Doctoral academic regaliachoir attire of the Reformation deviate from the course of following the secular fashion of the day. The current general classification of choir robes, clerical gowns, judge robes, and academic regalia was progressively founded as well during this era.

Classical Period and the Romanticism
Owing to the famed choral music including Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven's Missa, and L'Enfance de Christ were written, amateur choruses (also known as singing clubs) with accompanying instruments thrived in this period. The choir apparel for each choir member then was commonly elaborately crafted with exquisite embroidery adorned.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Baptism

February 27, 2019 5:10:05 PM CST

The Origin of the Baptismal Robes

Inherited from the Roman Catholic (Byzantine Rite), the baptismal robe is commonly a white full open sleeved clothing, which is similar to Clergy alb, and conventionally worn during Baptism by the person being newly baptized who intends to cleanse away the original and personal sins, as well as pursue a rebirth in Christ. In the Bible, the Baptism apparel symbolizes the divine light of the world with which Eva and Adam were covered in the mythical Eden before the Fall of Man. White, hereby, is the color used to represent innocence, purity, and spiritual cleansing. 

Types of the Baptismal Robes

For adults, there is no big difference between genders when it comes to the designs of the Baptismal Robes. It's usually tailored in sturdy white matte finest polyester with a fully weighted hem to prevent from floating. Certain devout women proselytes might also cover their heads with a white kerchief. For infant baptisms, the traditional wearings are a christening gown made of natural fabrics like cotton, silk or linen, a matching bonnet which may pass down from generation to generation, and a white blanket. Other design variations may involve the usage of the trims such as lace, cross, and button, handmade whitework embroidery, or pleated tucks on the front of the robe.

Symbolic Items Used during Baptism

Universal symbolic items of Christianity which represent the philosophies and rituals of the Christian religion and its congregation include Holy oil, light, scriptural readings and prayers, water, and baptismal font.

1). Holy oil
Holy oil, which is also referred to as holy anointing oil, chrism, or myron, is a consecrated oil prominently used in the sacraments of Baptism. It is firmly convinced that the chrism anointing on the palms of hands or one's foreheads can strengthen the faith of the anointed infants, or other newly ordained priests, bishops. Once a baby is baptized, he or she is welcomed to be seen as a member of the Christian community or the family of God.

2). Light
In Christianity, the divine light is the spiritual presence of enlightenment, truth, knowledge, and hope. Light possesses the powers that are essential to the survival of true life. Therefore, having the light of the sun simply means the existence of both the temporal and the eternal life. When a lighted candle is burning, then the glory of God and its faith is around you.

3). Scriptural readings and prayers
The scriptural readings are the communication process that let the Christians talk to God. It's the direct line for Christians to connect with heaven. The prayer during the baptismal ceremony recalls Christ's messages and call for the renewal and the freedom from sins.

4). Water
Water is the medium that conveys the meaning of purity, and sinless divine life. The essence of the baptism is basically to sprinkle the newly baptized with water on the head and wash all the places the Holy oil applied so as to cleanse a believer from the outside.

5). Baptismal font
The font itself is a vessel made of carved marble, stone, metal, or wood and used to hold the water for the baptism. According to the using methods, traditional Baptismal fonts can be divided into 2 types: affusion fonts and immersion fonts. Considering the tradition of a specific Christian denomination, the child or the adult is either fully immersed or dipped in the water of the font, or sprinkled or poured over the top of the head.

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Three Things You Need to Know About Clergy Shirt

January 30, 2019 3:09:11 PM CST

1. Types of Clerical Shirts
A considerable number of people aren't aware of the existence of 2 types of clergy shirts, which are neckband shirts and tab-collar shirts. The tab-collar shirt, which also referred to as "Roman collar shirt" or "Roman clergy shirt", may have a high collar with a square opening at the throat in front into which can be slid a small white neck piece that frequently made of a kind of pliable plastic. In contrast, the neckband shirt has a thin cotton white wrap around the neck similar to the mock-turtleneck style of shirt. Variations include the conservative black shirt with a full detachable neckband made of soft white polyethylene and held on to the inner shirt with metal collar studs.2 Types of Clerical Shirts

2. History
Prior to 1859, it is the norm that men's clergy shirts have no fixed collar attached but a simple neckband considering the fairly expensive cost of brand-new clothing back then. It is recorded in history that it's Rev. Donald Mcleod, a minister of the Presbyterian Church, who invented the clerical collar shirt. Afterward, the innovative design was gradually spread out and adopted by other Christian denominations such as Catholic churches, Anglican churches, and Eastern Orthodox churches. Another vision of the origin of the clerical collar shirt is dating back to the late 18th century. It is said that it's first used among Protestant priests in the UK. With regards to its Catholic origin, concrete evidence revealed in the 2 portraits of the cardinal of the Catholic Church, Blessed John Henry Newman, suggests that the typical style of the clerical collar shirt we recognize today has appeared sometime in his life between 1801 to 1890. In a nutshell, those Catholic clergy shirts we refer to as "Roman clergy shirts" became widespread among Roman Catholic deacons at some point in the late 1800s.

3. The Comfort Level
According to an experienced priest who asked not to be named, there is a broad scope of clerical supply houses in the market, offering different types of clergy shirts. Some retailers even split the category of the clerical shirt into the "Anglican" shirt with wider tab collar openings and "Roman" shirt with more narrow openings. However, from the perspective of the customers, the comfort level of the shirt is the factor that has real significance rather than the width of the neck opening. That's the reason why there is still an overwhelming number of clergy prefer to wear the traditional detachable full-length cloth collar instead of choosing the seemly plausible convenient easy-to-clean white plastic band. After all, bearing with the way the plastic felt around the neck is reluctant for certain clerics, especially during the summer time. Additionally, clerics may merely wear the cassock with no collar needed. Alternatively, a clerical dickie (cassock rabat) which is worn under the cassock is a simple option as well to eliminate the whole layer of clothing. At last but not least, always order a neck size which is half a size bigger than you normally wear will save you a lot of trouble.

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The History of the Cassock

October 29, 2018 10:53:08 AM CST

From the perspective of the origin of the word “cassock”, the name derived from early French, meaning a long fur lining coat which keeps people warm in the deep winter. It is also believed that the cassock is historically originated in ancient Rome by the sixth century. The clerics and nobility adhered to the conventional Roman style of costume with a long tunic and loose cloak that was worn beneath the toga, whereas the lay folk were constantly shifting to wear the short tunic, mantle, and breeches influenced by the Barbarians. The entire Western Christendom has been impacted more or less by the styling trend from Roman.


The adoption of the original version of the cassock with the hemline reaching the feet represented the modesty. Since the fifth century, a number of synods made rules to prevent clerics from wearing richly styled attire, tightly fitting clothing or luxurious ornaments and accessories. The canons of the Council of Braga in Portugal (572) was the very first of the aforementioned synod to request the clergy to wear a long tunic. Even in far-flung Britain, the archaeological evidence reveals the absence of the short tunic both among the Celts and Anglo-Saxons when it comes to clerical service. In the meantime, synodal regulations on restraining the tendency of the clerics to wear the reinvented short cassock were rising continuously. The reports of laxity in England indicated that Pope John VIII (c. 875) foreworn the highest Bishop of Canterbury and York to make sure their clerics choose appropriate styles of the cassock, long Roman tunic in particular.


During the Medieval period, the dress code of the clerics was overseen by the law of the Christian church, with a small number of complementary decrees passed by local synods. The Fourth Lateran Council (1215) set the specific rules of permitted clerical garments in regards to the colors, silhouettes, front and back length, as well as every ornamental detail. In 1237, the national council noticed that the laity were ashamed at the wearing of the clergy, which was not perceived as the clerical dress at all but was more suitable for knights. The subsequent regulations promulgated by the church were more rigorous. Violators in the future were supposed to be punished. Hence, the appropriate wear of the medieval clergy was vestis talaris (a sort of earlier cassock, similar to a long tunic with a button-fixed closed-opening front.)


Until the early modern era, the legislation regarding the clergy attire become more relaxed. The clerics were permitted to wear a short cassock if they were on travel or on vacations. Nonetheless, the color of the cassock should be black still and the bottom ought to at least reach the knees so as to differ from the lay apparel. Nowadays, constraints of the regulation are much lighter. Although, wearing the classic cassock is still the mainstream for most of the priests in terms of the distribution of Holy Communion around the parish and a normal suit with a tab-collar or a clergy shirt is widely accepted in priests’ daily duty.


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