The chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY), Legazpi City Bishop Joel Baylon, urges the Catholic youth to observe proper attire when attending Mass or even entering the church (worship building).
He advises the youth to consider the person they are facing. And since God is important for them, then they should also show God’s importance by wearing proper attire. The same way, when a boss, a VIP, or the President of the Philippines visited them, they would wear formal attire, then how much more to God who is the source of man’s life.
It has been noted that few years ago, the Archdiocese of Manila issued guidelines on the proper attire when hearing Mass. The guidelines were posted in all churches (worship building) which follow:
- For Men: They should wear collared shirts with sleeves, and jeans or slacks. They should avoid wearing caps, sports jerseys and short pants.
- For Women: They are advised to wear collared blouses, dresses, skirts, corporate or office attire or school uniforms. They are told to avoid wearing blouses with spaghetti straps or tank tops, miniskirts or skimpy shorts, sleeveless dresses or those with revealing necklines.
It was also noted that there is no strict rule against those who will violate the dress code. But parishioners are advised to dress up properly for God.
Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Attire Discipline
In the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), wearing proper attire in attending worship services is one of the doctrines being taught to those who want to enter into the Church (organization). And members are always reminded to wear proper attire when facing God even during devotional prayers, committee prayers, meetings and other activities of the Church (organization).
When I say proper attire, what I mean is the attire suited to the activity. For example if one will attend the worship service and prayers, he or she should wear formal attire. But if one will participate a sports festival, he or she should wear sportswear; or if one will go to bed, he or she should wear sleeping attire.
Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo are told to wear proper attire when attending worship services not because the Ministers and Officers of the Church (organization) want this by themselves, but the very reason is that the Bible teaches that all things should be done in orderly manner especially during worship services, as stated in I Corinthians 14:26, 40, which says:
This is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship, one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God, another a message in strange tongues, and still another the explanation of what is said. Everything must be of help to the church.
Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way. (Good News Translation)
The Holman Christian Standard Bible has this rendition of the verse 40, which says:
But everything must be done decently and in order.
When the Bible says that everything must be done in decent, proper and orderly way, the attire of the worshippers is also included on this. This is what the Bible says in Psalms 96:1-3, 8-9:
Sing to the LORD a new song;
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts.
Worship the LORD in holy attire;
Tremble before Him, all the earth. (New American Standard Bible)
And since it is God’s teaching that worshippers should worship Him in holy attire, so the Iglesia Ni Cristo members wear formal attire when attending worship services.
Telling the members to wear formal attire when attending the worship services is not hard and members gladly to follow it because after all it is God’s teaching.
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