Churchianity "Why?" Part II
If the choir robes question was not enough on robes, here is one for the pastors:
Why do pastors wear robes? (and what are all the things they wear)
-As a sign of Office. This is a holdover from the days when the Levites got dressed up all nice a pretty-like to preside over the Temple sacrifices.
-This has persisted as it was a sign of education as well, since the clergy were often the most educated folks in the crowd, and they needed to display that.
-Simply a version of pomp and circumstance. People loved the idea of the clergy being dressed up for services.
These days the debate rages on about whether the Robe is Good or Bad. I suppose the same arguments could be made for Good or Bad regarding the use of clergy collars too.