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Dress

Canons Code for Dress

The ecclesiastical law of cleric chaplain shirt can be use with a white or blue uniform shirt with clergy front and epaulets and rank, .(see uniforms)

Chaplain daily dress 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 laws.

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 House of bishops:

Archbishop daily dress scarlet rabat, scarlet stockings, and black shoes without buckles. Scarlet cleric shirt with tab and black pants. Pectoral gold or silver cross
suspended from a scarlet cord or chain the match the cross colour.

Bishop daily dress purple rabat, purple stockings, and black shoes without buckles. Purple cleric shirt with tab and black pants. Pectoral gold cross suspended from a
Purple cord or chain the match the cross colour.

The Canon law does not oblige any minister to wear clerical dress as other clerics if they are part of a congregation ex: Rev. Marie from Baptist denomination do not ware
uniform as cleric.

Ministers daily dress black 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 or chain the match the cross colour

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.
NB: We have clergy members who come from Congregational background and they DO NOT wear any of the episcopal vestments and regalia,

A clerical collar, clergy collar, Roman collar is an item of Christian clerical clothing.

The collar closes at the back of the neck, presenting a seamless front. The shirt may have the collar built in.

The clerical collar is almost always white and was originally made of cotton or linen but is now frequently made of plastic.

Sometimes it is attached with a collaret that covers the white collar almost completely, except for a small white square at the base of the throat, and sometimes with the top
edge of the collar exposed to mimic the collar of a cassock.

It may simply be a detachable tab of white in the front of the clerical shirt. The clerical shirt is traditionally black (or another color appropriate to a person's ministry rank, such
as purple for Anglican bishops). Once the clerical collar is removed the garment is indistinguishable from any other shirt. When clergy are delivering sermons, they
sometimes attach preaching bands to their clerical collar.(Wikipedia)

CL020.4.2.0 Clergy Dress and Vestments:

  1. Archbishop red
  2. Bishop mauve or violet
  3. Chaplain: white
  4. Minister black
  5. Board of Elders Clergy green
  6. RTTM and Seminary clergy light blue
  7. General day to day work black


  • CL020.4.2.1 Clergy are required to wear 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.
  • CL020.4.2.2 The clergy shirt for both men and women shall consist of a shirt with Tab white collar.
  • CL020.4.2.3 Clergy are free to vest in colour appropriate to the circumstances
  • CL020.4.2.4 Cassocks may be worn as part of the dress of the clergy in the Chaplaincy.
  • CL020.4.2.5 Instructions for proper clerical dress and the use of vestments at the celebration of Worship
  • CL020.4.2.6 Clergy should wear vestments as appropriate to the service, season and situation.
  • CL020.4.2.7 Vestments may be purchased by individuals or, preferably, by the congregation or chaplaincy, and remain the property of the purchaser. Vestments must     
    be blessed prior to their first use.
Chaplain: white
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