Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Cassock

The cassock is black because it symbolizes that it is no longer the man who became a priest living within it, but Christ who lives within the priest.  He has died to his old self and anything which might separate him from Christ and now lives united in and for Christ.
The cassock traditionally has 33 buttons up the front, each representing one year in our Lord's life.  Each sleeve has 5 buttons, one for each wound Jesus received during His crucifixion.  The "Roman collar" is a sign of the priest's willing obedience to Christ and His Church.

The cassock is a sign to all who see him that he is a priest and servant of the Lord Most High.
(Posted by Dana Acly to Keeping Catholics Catholic on Facebook).

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