Why Vestments?

In the February/March Church Newsletter, I explained the meaning behind some of the things you see me wearing as a pastor. But why, throughout much of the church’s history, has the church used special clothing for those who are involved in distributing God’s gifts to His people?

In answering that question, a recent essay, points out, vestments “have existed at least since Exodus 39.”

The full essay, entitled “Steadfast in Worship: Why Vestments” goes on to explain:

And that’s the basic purpose of it all: to cover the man and set him apart for a holy purpose.

The Lord works through means. Apart from the means of His Son Jesus Christ, all of those means are tainted by sin: bread and wine, water, husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, and men placed into the Office of the Holy Ministry.

And so as a way of turning attention away from the sinful man standing in the stead and by the command of Christ and as a way of pointing toward the holiness of what he is doing in Christ’s place, the man covers himself. He wears sacred garments that obscure himself and indicate that he is doing some sacred.

To read the entire article, visit the Steadfast Lutherans website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *