|Vote Your Preference:|
|Some people have suggested that the choir wear vestments of some kind. What do you think we should do?
The choir would welcome your opinion.
Curiously, most Christian churches have the choir in some kind of vestment, even churches that are in no way as formal as Roman Catholic churches.
Even Baptist churches have vested choirs, because they think that the choir is important.
Why don't we do this as well?
There is no church law, local or universal, that lays down any requirement for choir vestments.
So, each parish is free to determine its own practice.
What would you prefer?|
|There are several choices at hand.
The first choice, which would seem to be most in accord with our tradition, would be for the choir to wear white albs, as the servers and other ministers do, perhaps with an overlay and a cincture (belt).
The second alternative would be for the choir to wear cassocks and surplices.
This is a more recent Roman Catholic tradition, widely duplicated in Anglican (Episcopalian) and Lutheran churches.
Another possibility would be for the choir to wear what in the U.S.
are called "choir robes."
You see these gowns, something like graduation gowns or judges' gowns, typically in Methodist, Presybterian, and Baptist churches.
Another possiblity would be for the choir to dress as it did for the visit of Cardinal George: with black trousers or skirt and a white top or something similar.
The last choice would be for the choir just to continue its present practice, with civilian clothing the norm.
Another possibility would be to wear special vestments just at certain times of the year, say, on special occasions, such as Christmas and Eastertime.|
White albs, as in Roman tradition.|
Cassock and surplice, as in Roman, Anglican, & Lutheran practice.
Choir gowns, as in many Protestant churches.
Black trousers with white top or something similar.
Civilian clothing, which the choir wears now.
White albs just on special occasions, such as Eastertime.
Cassock and surplice just on special occasions, such as Eastertime.
Choir gowns just on special occasions, such as Eastertime.
Black trousers with white top on special occasions, such as Eastertime.