Clerical collar


Canon 020.4.1 Vestments
NB: We have clergy members who come from a Congregational background DO NOT  wear any of the episcopal vestments and regalia. (Example Rev. Marie she is from a Baptist denomination, clergy members of New Hope Ministry & Missions)

Canon Clergy Dress and Vestments.
Archbishop:  Red
Bishop:   Mauve/Violet
Chaplain:  White / Light Blue
Board of Elders Clergy:  Green
RTTM and Seminary clergy:  Light Blue
General day to day work:   Black

Canon Clergy are required to wear a clerical dress when administering the Spiritual Services and should dress appropriately when taking funerals, visiting the sick and appearing at any other function where they are to offer ministry. It is the free choice of the clergyperson concerned as to whether they wish to wear a clerical dress when not exercising such functions, but chaplaincy uniform is a must in that case, except for
weddings when requested a suit is required…

Canon  The clergy shirt for both men and women shall consist of a shirt with Tab white collar. The clerical shirt has to be black or white unless a bishop, Archbishop or member of Board of Elders. Black is by tradition is used in Chaplaincies by Chaplains who are not on duty, The Chaplain Shirt is white and used if it is the usual white colour of the habit or clothing of members of a Chaplain order. Any member of the clergy may
wear a pectoral cross, although for those below the order of bishop this should be discreet and not overly demonstrative.  So the Chaplain not in duty wears a black clergy shirt, in duty, he wears the white tab shirt. It is also admissible the Black Clergy Shirt Frontal or Black Clergy Collars (Collarettes)

Canon 20160701 A chaplain can wear a light blue shirt if he does not officiate a ceremony, a uniform shirt but not a light blue tab shirt who are wear by the seminarian.

Canon Clergy are free to vest in the colour appropriate to the circumstances, but general rules are black for funerals, white for ordinations and marriages and gold for major events and liturgy

Canon 030.1 Clerical Dress

We trend towards clerical dress and demand that for ministers, no casual attire. The Chapel is, in a great measure, a meeting place, a place of support and family.
When most Christians, see a man wearing a clerical collar, they offer him courtesy and respect.

Wearing the clerical collar. You need to love wearing it. To love what it means. To love what it represents. To love what it reminds of. The collar is not to makes to look important, but that it is simple. It is plain. It is humble. It gets right to the point.

NB: A minister can wear a suit to celebrate a secular wedding, but only per the demand of the future newlywed couple or the family organizing the ceremony.

A clerical collar is a piece of Christian clerical clothing. It is a detachable collar that buttons onto a clergy shirt or rabbat (vest), being fastened by two metal studs, one attached at the front and one at the back to hold the collar to the shirt. The collar closes at the back of the neck, presenting a seamless front. It is almost always white, and was originally made with cotton or linen

but is often made with plastic now. Sometimes (especially in Roman Catholic practice) it is attached with a “collaret” or “collarino” that covers the white collar almost completely, except for the top edge and a small white square at the base of the throat, to mimic the collar of a cassock. Sometimes the collar is black (or whatever colour is appropriate to the rank of the clergyman), with only a detachable tab of white in the front.


The clerical collar is a fairly modern invention (the detachable collar itself is supposed to have been invented in 1827), although the “collarino” may date as far back as the 17th century. The Church of England’s Enquiry Centre reports (citing the Glasgow Herald of December 6, 1894) that the practice of Anglican clergy wearing a detachable clerical collar was invented by a Rev Dr. Donald McLeod and became more popular through the Oxford Movement. The clerical collar has no particular religious meaning apart from identifying the person wearing it as a member of the clergy.

Use by denomination


In the Roman Catholic Church, the clerical collar is worn by all ranks of clergy, thus, bishops, priests, and deacons, normally transitional but occasionally permanent, often by seminarians who have been admitted to candidacy for the priesthood, as is the case in the Diocese of Rome; and by college and graduate level seminarians with their cassock during

liturgical celebrations.

In the Eastern tradition, amongst Catholic and Orthodox easterners, a band collarette with no “notch” in front may be worn by seminarians, although the norm is still a standard clerical collar. However, as the cassock is more commonly, if not mandatorily, worn to classes, often a plain white shirt will suffice, or a band collar with no collarette. Slavic cassocks button to the side, and thus a collar is often pointless, whereas Greek cassock buttons to the front and has a higher collar, so the collar prevents chafing – as was its original function under a cassock. Eastern deacons and sometimes subdeacons, but rarely readers or clerics, also wear a clerical collar, with subdeacons and readers often having a style with no notch or a tab shirt with no tab. It is important to note that most Orthodox clerics do not wear a clerical collar anyway. Some do, but this is usually restricted to Western Europe and the Americas.

Collars are typically worn by seminarians and clergy members of other Christian groups such as those of the Anglican, Presbyterian and Lutheran traditions. Also many Methodist, Apostolic,

Oneness Pentecostals, Non-denominational, and other Christian ministers wear collars. Some Unitarian Universalist ministers, Humanists as well as Christians Unitarian, wear collars. In some churches or locales, however, this practice is discouraged because collars are assumed to be associated with Roman Catholicism.

The term “Roman collar” is equivalent to “clerical collar” and does not mean that the wearer is Roman Catholic.


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