Dear brothers and sisters,
Some of you have commented that there are some people who come dressed inappropriately for the liturgical celebrations. I agree with this observation. But what is the appropriate attire to wear for church? Who sets this criteria?
Before answering the question, let's think about the places we go to for the different activities we have. For example, if we go to the park, we usually do not wear dressy and elegant clothes. If we go to a gala dinner, we ready ourselves and wear elegant clothes. To play sports we dress in a specific way. For work, depending on what we do, we have an appropriate attire. That is, we dress according to the occasion.
When we come to church to celebrate the liturgy we come to an encounter with God, with the most important person in the universe. We come to receive His love, His forgiveness, His compassion, His mercy. God rejoices for that, and that is why he gives us the best of himself, and I believe we should be willing to give the best of us. This is an encounter of love with God. It is an important event. The liturgical celebration is also an encounter with our brothers and sisters who also deserve our respect. That's why, out of respect for God and for our brothers and sister, it is important to come dressed appropriately.
I would like to ask you, please, when you come to the liturgical celebrations avoid bringing sports clothes, slippers or flip flops (and this is for men and women). Shorts, shirts or blouses without sleeves must be avoided as it is not pleasant to be see the armpits of people. Gentlemen, preferably bring dress pants and collared shirts. And for the ladies, please do not bring low-cut blouses or miniskirts above the knee.
Remember that the church is a sacred place. We have to give it the respect it deserves, and one way to do that is to take care of our attire. The church is a place of encounter with God, it is not a place to come to sit or show off our clothes or our body. And it is not the place where we can go not caring what we are wearing. Maybe some of you will say that there are people who cannot afford or do not own proper clothes to wear. I believe that poverty is not the same as being dirty or laziness. I have seen people of very simple origin who, even in their poverty, worry about coming clean and neat to the church. That is to say, even in their poverty they worry about giving Him the respect and dignity that the church and liturgical celebrations deserve.
I hope we can grow respect for the house of God and express it with the way we come dressed in this encounter with Him.