Thursday, May 1, 2008

But is it Manditory?

I'm following a discussion over at the Catholic Answers forum, where the question was asked: "Is it mandatory for women to cover their head in an Eastern Orthodox church?"

Several replies were given. I like the one given that said:
what about the biblical commandments to cover? (Cor 11:1-16, 1Thess 2:15, 3:6)

In summary, the reasons St. Paul advises women to cover their heads in church are:

1. Our Lord commanded it;

2. it is a visible sign of an invisible order established by God;

3. The angels at Mass are offended if women don't use it;

4. it is a ceremonial vestment;

5. it is our heritage.
The bottom line seems to be this: "Technically, yes, head coverings are mandatory. However, for the sake of economy, they are often (too often) dispensed with."

And I can see the application here to all who call themselves Christian.

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