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Proper Attire at Mass

 

Worship the Lord in holy array

(1 Chron. 16:29).

 

We are attending a banquet, not a Bar-B-Q and should dress accordingly. In fact, a good rule of thumb would be if you could go to a picnic without first changing your clothes, you are probably improperly dressed for Mass. © Evangelization Station, 2010.

 

Proper Attire at Mass

 

Worship the Lord in holy array

(1 Chron. 16:29).

 

We are attending a banquet, not a Bar-B-Q and should dress accordingly. In fact, a good rule of thumb would be if you could go to a picnic without first changing your clothes, you are probably improperly dressed for Mass.

Section 1387 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church simply states: “Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest.”

Some people say that it does not matter how a person is dressed, that what matters is the disposition of one’s heart.  On the other hand, if one has proper disposition they will want to show respect for God’s house, and more importantly, for His Eucharistic Presence in the tabernacle.

No article of clothing worn should distract others from the central act of worship. Those who serve in the sanctuary have an even greater responsibility as the congregation will be attentive, not only to their manner, but also to their dress and should not be distracted.

Common sense should be the rule. People participating in the Eucharist celebration should dress modestly, and in their best attire.

Psalm 96, verse 9, sums it perfectly: “Worship the Lord in holy array; tremble before him, all the earth!” © Evangelization Station, 2010.

 

 

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