The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Acolytes in blue jeans?

Robes help, but respect can't be measured by clothing

I have a problem with our acolytes wearing blue jeans and tennis shoes. Sometimes they don't robe but wear a flannel shirt hanging out of their jeans. Shouldn't they show respect by what they wear? If you feel dress is not important, I will try to understand and not complain.

Try to understand: The youth are present! And they have a part in the liturgy! Still, putting on a robe is meaningful because it designates a leadership role in the assembly, clothing the person in a sign of service. Respect cannot easily b e measured by clothing. Teenagers who serve as acolytes may have a reverence for God and God's people unseen by others.

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