WHAT IT MEANS TO BE RECEIVED INTO AN ORTHODOX MONASTERY
BY: B SHERRY
In Holy Orthodoxy all Monastics, be they Brothers, Priest or Bishops wear a cassock and belt. There are many different, unrelated Monasteries and Religious Communities but they all wear the same “Habit”, a black cassock with belt. Some wear “Jesus Prayer Beads” and some wear “Pater Noster Beads” on their belt. The common religious cassock and belt declares we are all one; from the many we have become one; one for Christ and one for His church who are the people of God.
“TODAY YOU PUT ON THE CLOTHES OF THE OUTSIDER: FIRST THE CASSOCK AND THEN THE BELT AND WHEN ORDAINED A ROMAN COLLAR.
GOD IMMERSES YOU IN BLACK, DECLARES YOU ARE INDEPENDENT OF THE HUMAN RACE. HE TURNS YOUR FACE AWAY FROM THE TIES THAT BIND US, TURNS YOU ROUND TO FACE THE SOLITUDE ALL MORTALS DREAD. IN THIS HOUR YOU ARE NOT ALONE, FOR THIS LIFE, THIS LONG GOODBYE BECOMES THE THRESHOLD OF HIS KINGDOM, THE SINGLE PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG.”
MONASTIC DIVINE OFFICE / DAILY OFFICE
HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS