CCC&TSPM: There Should Be Standards for Clerical Attire

By Anthony Lee, May 07, 2019 09:05 AM

The general assembly of the Church Goverance Committee of CCC&TSPM was held in Chongqing on April 19, 2019. (CCC&TSPM)

The Church Goverance Committee of the China Christian Council & Three-Self Patriotic Movement (CCC&TSPM) urged an investigation into worship liturgy, especially regarding the issue of clerical attire. 

According to CCC&TSPM, discussions were held at the general assembly of the committee that took place in Chongqing on April 19 about some issues such as the worship liturgy and clerical garment standards as well as heresies and cults. 

For a long time, the Chinese church hasn't had liturgical norms that are accepted through common practice. This has led to "multifarious" garments worn by some pastors in some places. Clerical attire has failed to follow the practices of the Catholic church and ecumenical Christianity, has failed to satisfy the aesthetic requirements of modern society, and has lacked the theological foundations. It has resulted in negative effects, and even misunderstanding and disorder. 

To deal with the issue, the meeting proposed that the liturgy be standardized in the future, not just cover the features of one certain denomination, and be appropriate and not random.The investigation results will be handed over to the standing committees of the CCC&TSPM as the basis for making decisions.  

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