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23 reasons a priest should wear the collar….. August 30, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.

……..at pretty much all times, I might add!  Not from me, but from Msgr. Charles Mangan and Fr. Gerald E. Murray at RomanCatholicVocations.  A sampling:

1. The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests their proximity to the Divine Master by virtue of their free consent to the ordained ministry to which they have been (or may be) called.


2. By wearing clerical clothing and not possessing excess clothes, the priest demonstrates adherence to the Lord’s example of material poverty. The priest does not choose his clothes – the Church has, thanks to her accumulated wisdom over the past two millennia. Humble acceptance of the Church’s desire that the priest wear the Roman collar illustrates a healthy submission to authority and conformity to the will of Christ as expressed through his Church.
13. A priest in a Roman collar is a walking vocation message. The sight of a cheerful, happy priest confidently walking down the street can be a magnet drawing young men to consider the possibility that God is calling them to the priesthood. God does the calling; the priest is simply a visible sign God will use to draw men unto himself.
Go check out the rest.  I can state that I, and many Catholics I know, are very impressed and heartened to see a priest in public dressed in clerics (especially a cassock!).  Any time I see a priest in public, I always try to give them some form of encouragement.


1. Chris Baker - August 31, 2010

Bravo! Now we need “23 reasons a nun should wear a habit”!

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