The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Liturgy police try to rein in mavericks

No longer content with simple edicts against wearing white in winter or socks with sandals, the fashion police have moved on to previously untilled ground: clergy.

A chapter in Evangelishches Gottesdienstbuch--Ergaenzungsband, a liturgical worship supplement, advises German Lutheran clergy to think twice before wearing high heels, cowboy boots, gym shoes, slippers or sandals under their albs during worship.

Be warned: While athletic shoes might be acceptable at a service for confirmands, they aren't appropriate at a funeral, says Guy Rammensweig. The liturgical expert also gives advice on the proper demeanor for walking, sitting, turning from the altar, presenting the Lord's Supper, singing and giving a blessing.


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