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ABOUT VESTMENTS

"And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons
with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may
minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab
and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.
And thou shalt make holy garments for
Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.
And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I
have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make
Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister
unto me in the priest's office.
And these are the garments which they shall make; a
breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a
mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for
Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto
me in the priest's office.
And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet,
and fine linen.
And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple,
of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work."



This text provides biblical evidence of
the establishment of priestly ministry.
The Israelite people were in the
wilderness of the Sinai desert, where
the Lord was giving his Torah through
his chosen prophet Moses. God
himself spoke to Moses and instructed
Israel to make sacred vestments for the
priests. He told Moses both the
materials and the techniques to be
used when making them. Yahweh
himself gave to the craftsmen wisdom
and a sense of beauty (according to the
Septuagint text). Indeed, the divinely
inspired writer lists the very materials
to be used in making sacred vestments.
From the time of Moses until today,
things have not changed. The
vestments of priests remain in essence
the same. They are even fashioned from
the same materials as those listed by Moses.  Unsurprisingly, the text does not mention silk. For the Israelites were shepherds, and it is natural that wool was the main material which they used. On the other hand, it is natural that the symbolic function of Vestments has 



changed significantly. The Church is the true heir to the sacred traditions of the Old Testament which are lifted up and incorporated into its Christian tradition. So instead of the names of the twelve tribes of Israel which were woven into the vestments of the High Priest, there stands a Cross, which signifies not only the twelve tribes, but indeed the whole of humanity, old and new Israel together, and from which emanates the character of Christ.  The symbolic elements of the sacred vestments interpret and explain moments from the life of Christ as saving acts of the divine economy. For example, the Sakkos symbolized the garment in which Christ was clothed before his journey to Calvary, whilst the Omophorion represents the lost sheep of Israel. So, bearing all this in mind, we try consciously and conscientiously, prayerfully, with care and diligence, in mind and heart, to make our Vestments, trying to reach the true vision of beauty, whose source is always and ever the divine life-bearing Beauty itself.