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Meaning of the Clerical Garments

"Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor" (Ex 28:2).

When Tom Brown was ordained as Bishop there were certain garments and items used. This page is to give you a list of the clothing and items used and their meaning.

 

The Clerical Shirt was invented by a Rev. Dr. Donald McLeod. a Presbyterian Minister, not a catholic. He did this to convey that the minister should be a servant of the people and that he should be separate from the world. It is also a good uniform to identify him as a minister to the community.  

 

The Alb means "white tunic." It speaks of purity and righteousness. The minister, though he is subject to sin, trusts in Christ's finish work that makes him righteous in God's sight. The Alb covers his whole body, except his feet. His feet is exposed to remind him that, though he is forgiven, he must give an account of his walk with God.

 

The Stole is a reminder of the towel wrapped around Christ that He used to wash the feet of his disciples. So the minister, likewise, must wash the feet of the disciples of Christ. He is there to serve, not to be served.

 

The Cope means Cape or Cloak. It is the garment that expresses the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon the Bishop. This means that God is the One who Anoints the Bishop with the Holy Spirit to function supernaturally with all the Gifts of the Spirit. Like Superman's cape, the Cope should remind the Bishop that he has supernatural power.

 

The Mitre is the Bishop's hat. This funny looking hat actually has meaning. Its strange shape symbolizes the tongues of fire that came upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost. The tassels that flow down the shoulders symbolizes the anointing coming from the head of the church flowing down to the body, its members.

Another meaning of the Mitre is that both Old and New Covenants "meet" together. The New fulfilling the Old. The shape of the Mitre is that of two mountains (Old Covenant at Mount Sinai and New Covenant at Mount Calvary) meeting together. The two bands at the back represent the two covenants.

 

The Pectoral Cross is easy to understand. Without the cross we are dead in our sins. The cross pressed to his chest, reminds the Bishop that in his heart he must hold dear the sacrifice of Christ and must preach Christ and Him Crucified.

 

The Crosier is the Bishop's Rod and Staff. It reminds the Bishop that he is the shepherd of the sheep. It is his duty to comfort and correct the sheep.

 

The Bishop's Ring is the reminder that the Bishop, like Christ, is married to the bride. The Bishop must be committed to the church and must be faithful to her and refuse to commit adultery with the world's teachings.

 

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