Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Faith and Practice"

"Faith and Practice : Head Covering"

Written from a Catholic point of view, with application to all, I think.

The blogger begins:

" ... a little about the tradition of women covering their heads in prayer, and men uncovering. . . . some texts that are written with more eloquence than I could hope to reproduce myself."

One of those texts he quotes does include a study of the passage in 1 Corinthians 11. He also discusses briefly the Catholic tradition of the leading men in service who cover during worship, but not for the entire service.

He writes:

"... covering the head is an external manifestation of an interior piety. It is not, and should never be, enforced from without, by men or by women, but rather it comes from within, from the Christian woman's own soul."

And later:

"If we assume then, from this most current of examples, that the normative fashion is for boys to cover their heads and girls to uncover them as a sign of social status and in conformity with prevailing worldly fashion, should we be surprised, then, that the church demands that we do the opposite in our worship? On entering the church building, we are coming into the presence of God, and the appropriate response to that divine presence is to relinquish our worldly social order in exchange for God's order, and scripture asks us to make this one concession for the Glory of God."

I so like that last line.
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