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Why I Wear My Collar

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By: Abp. D. E. Chase, Ph.D. OSP
Presiding Archbishop & Patriarch

The world has many signs and symbols. We are taught from our youth how to discern and decipher weather signs, and in some households, the practice of observing signs from a natural, cultural, spiritual, or occult viewpoint. The Clerical, Roman, or Clergy collar is a spiritual and mystical sign, meant to be a sign to people, but also, a constant reminder to the Priest of the Lord of who they are, what they are and why they are.

Clerical Collars in modern usage have become recognized as a part of a “uniform.” The uniform calls for the individual wearer to fashion themselves in a manner prescribed by an ecclesiastical authority, which is often borrowed from the views and concepts of established Church orders throughout the world. In fact, most of the garments, vestments and accessories we darn as clergy are often borrowed much in the same way.

So, why do we wear Clerical Collars? To answer this question we must first acknowledge the established meaning and purpose of the same. According to BBC News Magazine, “The clerical, or Roman, collar is a sign or mark of a person’s holy calling, according to the Church of England. It is an identifying badge that can be recognised by people of all faiths. Worn by both Anglican and Roman Catholic priests around the world, the narrow, stiff, upright white collar fastens at the back.”

HISTORY:

Let us examine the actual history the Clerical Collar.

The detachable clerical collar was invented in 1865 by the Rev. Donald Mcleod, a Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) minister in Glasgow. (Glasgow Herald of December 6, 1894)

By the mid-1800s, the clergy of the Anglican Communion developed a sense of separation between themselves and the secular world. One of the most distinctive, external symbols of said separation was the implementation of distinguishing clerical dress. Originally, clerical dress was identified by the black coat and white necktie which had been worn for several decades. By the 1880s this had been transformed into the clerical collar, which was worn almost continuously by the greater part of clergy for the rest of the period.

Henry McCloud stated that the collar “was nothing else than the shirt collar turned down over the cleric’s everyday common dress in compliance with a fashion that began toward the end of the sixteenth century. For when the laity began to turn down their collars, the clergy also took up the mode.”

The Clerical Collar was Invented within the Presbyterian Church, of which was adopted by other Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Methodist churches, Eastern Orthodox Church, Baptist churches and the Lutheran churches. Prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) the practice of Roman Catholic clergy wearing the clerical collar as street-dress tended to be found only in those countries where Roman Catholicism was the minority religion. The use of Clerical Collars was mandatory for U.S. Catholic priests starting in 1884.

Preaching Tabs in the Reformed tradition, which stresses preaching as a central concern, pastors often wear preaching tabs, which project from their clerical collar. Preaching bands (an alternative name for tabs) are also worn by Anglican clergy, particularly on occasions such as inductions when choir dress of cassock, surplice, preaching scarf (Tippet) and the academic hood pertaining to degree is worn, as well as at Mattins and Evensong. Lutheran and Methodist clergy sometimes attach preaching bands to their clerical collars as well.

Denominational Practices:

The clerical collar is worn by all ranks of clergy. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and often seminarians who have been admitted to candidacy for the priesthood along with their cassock during liturgical celebrations use the Clerical Collar.

Clerical Collars are typically worn by clergy of groups such as those of the Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran traditions. However, many Scandinavian Lutheran clergy wear the ruff instead. Additionally, many Pentecostal and non-denominational Protestants, as well as others wear collars. In the Roman Catholic tradition, major seminarians, after receiving admission to candidacy (and thus becoming “candidates” for ordination), often wear clericals in the seminary or in their dioceses.

WHY I WEAR MY CLERICAL COLLAR:

As we have noted in the beginning of this article, the Clerical Collar is a significant tool to express the symbolism of the calling upon one’s life. It separates the clergy from the world, I that it implies that there is a separation between the called and chosen from the laity. It expresses the identity of the wearer as a member of the three major offices (Deacon, Priest, Bishop).

However, if you ask me why I wear my Clerical Collar, the answer is quite simple…

  • It represents years of study and dedication to the Lord and His Church
  • It identifies me as not just a servant, but a Priest of the Most High God
  • It signifies the sacrifice that the Lord has made for me, and my duty to Him
  • It reminds me that I am not above the people of God, rather their humble servant on behalf of the Lord

Rev. Fr.David J.Davis B.Th., DD, OSP

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Dirt In the Hands of Jesus
John 9:1-7 KJV
By: Rev. Fr. David J. Davis, DD, OSP

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

As a child the Lord Jesus spoke into me that experience is not the best teacher. He said it is merely the most toxic, costly, and cruel.

I forgot the He is immutable, and He is so certain of Himself that He is willing to make every Word He speaks an immutable law.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, knowing the end from the beginning, He sets the course already knowing the destination.

I let the words he spoke to me become affected and infected with the thoughts of men.
I allowed people to steal the power of that precious truth from me.

The strength of our text today is that normally we look at the miracle of what Jesus could do for a man who was blind from birth.
Eye salves had been made to correct non-congenital vision problems before.
But Jesus is so convinced of His power to recover the man’s sight the He creates a salve the is both crude, unproven and is so unsanitary that the observer would conclude that dirt is a detriment not healing. Yet He makes known that in His hands, what might cause you harm, will bring about a miracle. After all He’s only using the elements He used to make the entire man. So in His hands in a matter of seconds, a metamorphic change of the carbon in the soil is performed. Unseen by the naked eye simple dna is created exactly matching the genome of the host. Too precise forever modern day cloning, it is not only of the type of tissue suitable for transplant, it is the identical match of the deformed tissue it will replace. Cellular mitosis causes the stem cells to reproduce in the cupped palm of his hand, and before seconds would turn into a minute, a fully formed eye is surgically implanted without scapel or suture.

But before the miracle, of the fulfillment of God’s word in the man, comes what happened to me…man’s objection.

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BEWARE OF RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHIES

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after MASHIACH. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of ELOHIYM bodily.  Qolasiym (Colossians) 2:8-9

The warning given in these verses is evident. Man must seek the truth of Yahusha and His Word.

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