Blessing of Vestments

The Old testament of the Bible has specific references to the vestments worn by the priests and levites and the New Testament did not overturn this.We also see this in the prayer for the blessing of vestments:

О Lord God Almighty, Who settest in motion from the beginning all that is profitable for the human race; Who didst will that temples should be erected to Thy holy Name by hands of men, and that these should be consecrated to Thy glory, and that these places should be called the abode of Thy glory; Who through Thy servant Moses commanded that the vestments of the high priests, the priests and the Levites, and other various adornments should be made for the magnificence and beauty of Thy sanctuary and altar: Do Thou hearken now mercifully unto our supplication and bless, purify and sanctify these Vestments (he names them) in honor at and to the glory of Thy most-holy Name, for the adornment and splendor of the servants of Thy divine Services, through me, Thy humble and unworthy servant, that they may be shown worthy of every doxology to Thy most-holy Name; and for Thy servants who shall be vested therein, that they be a deliverance and protection from all snares and temptation of enemies, that they be for a means of pleasing Thee, and for worthy service at Thy divine Services: Through the grace and compassion and love for mankind of Thine Only-begotten Son, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy Most- holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

The vestments which we wear when performing services are what well dress men in the early days of Christianity.  This is easily of the deacons and altar servers.  I'm wearing a robe which was the basic garment of all men in those days.  They did not wear trousers or pants as we know them today.  The stole that I am holding is a symbol of my office.  In the old days the petitions which I say were often written on the stole.  I am also wearing cuffs to keep my sleeves out of the way.

It is going to be really nice now having matching vestments for the deacon and servers.  Now I can keep my light weight gold at home for when I visit other parishes.  Plus I can retire my original gold which was made in 1986.  It is showing its age, but it served me very well.  Mrs. Olga Polivanov of blessed memory did a fantastic job on five sets of vestments for me.  Mrs. Marie Misijuk of Poland did the same for two sets.


 

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