Canons Code for Dress

The ecclesiastical law of cleric chaplain shirt is replaced with a white uniform shirt with rank, but in practice, many have unlawfully retained their former daily dress. Code apply only for our Episcopal members for our Congregationalist members, it’s optional.

Chaplain Daily Dress
A very simple form of dress is given to Chaplains for common, daily use in non-formal occasions, and it consists principally of the plain black pants and white clergy shirt with a tab. This dress is commonly used for daily business in places. This form of dress makes up the habit of the secular clergy, at all ranks, according to the universal law and custom. It is not a formal dress, but quotidian. The following particular law is in force for all secular clergy: “In liturgical rites, clerics shall wear the vesture prescribed in this bylaws. Inside liturgical functions, a black suit and tab collar are the usual attire for ministers. This establishes what is given in the universal law as an obligation.

The following dress is used by all bishops, whatever holy Orders they may possess, whatever their rank in the College of bishops:

Archbishop Daily Dress
Scarlet rabat, scarlet stockings, and black shoes without buckles
Scarlet cleric shirt with tab and black pants or white pants
Pectoral gold cross suspended from a scarlet cord
Ring

Bishop Daily Dress
Purple rabat, purple stockings, and black shoes without buckles
Purple cleric shirt with tab and black pants or white pants
Pectoral gold cross suspended from a Purple cord
Ring. The Canon law does not oblige them to wear clerical dress as other clerics if they are part of a congregation

Ministers Daily Dress
Black wool rabat, black stockings, and black shoes without buckles
Black cleric shirt with tab and black pants
Pectoral small gold cross suspended from a Black Cord. The Canon law does not oblige them to wear clerical dress as other clerics if they are part of a congregation

Daily Dress for Lay Ministers/Deacons
Transitional Lay Ministers dress as ministers, above. Permanent Lay Ministers likewise dress as ministers whenever they use ecclesiastical dress. The Canon law does not oblige them to wear clerical dress as other clerics if they are part of a congregation.

Daily Dress for Seminarians
Seminarians dress as Ministers, above, whenever they use ecclesiastical dress, which will be determined by their seminary. There is nothing about admission to candidacy for Orders into the ministries that change the status of seminarians in this regard according to the law.

 

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