Father Dwight again challenges reason:
The priest’s robes are a ceremonial vesture—a uniform of their sacred office. They are meant to effectively obliterate the priest’s personality. They are also, by the way, meant to be unobtrusive. They should not be creative or clever or call attention to the smart vestment designer or the wonderful seamstress. They are simply to dignify the office of the priest and dignify and beautify the celebration of Mass.
If the Mass is the Royal Marriage Feast of the Lamb, then the priest should dress up for his entrance into the royal court. The robes should therefore be regal in their dignity, their simplicity and their style. As much as possible their beauty should be shown, not by cleverness of design or ornamentation, but through quality materials and fine workmanship.
Why should the priest dress like a king? Because he reminds the whole people of God that they serve Christ the King, and the priest is in persona Christi. Furthermore, they remind the people of God that they too are a chosen people, and a royal priesthood. The priest focuses in his own person and ministry the royal priesthood of the people of God.
The question is why priests still dress in a medieval manner when the church has opened the windows to and come alongside the modern world. Not even Queen Elizabeth dresses like a priest.
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If the Mass is the Royal Marriage Feast of the Lamb, then the priest should dress up for his entrance into the royal court
sheesh and just a reminder re: THE wedding feast clothes for the royal priesthood of the believers of God:
Isaiah 61: 10 a I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God;For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness (imputed righteousness)
Matthew 22:11 when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.
Luke 12:35 “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.
Matthew 25: 10 the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
BTW : Luke 14” 8 When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,
I didn’t know heaven is just like 16th century Europe.
If one were to make the same supposition based on the majority of American Protestant churches, heaven is just like a hipster coffee house.
SteveD, coffee houses are so 70s.
Rome plays the same game mainline protestants do: dressing the progressivism in a think patina of conservative-seeming gestures. Besides, all those old abuelas in Mexico will be unhappy without familiar vestment and smells.