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Russian Orthodox Dress Code
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Inside Korennaya Hermitage ChurchDress as if you were approaching God...

This has been Russian tradition for over 1000 Years. The Priests, Monks, and Nuns wear the proper clothing at the monasteries or churches and so should Orthodox Christians. Please respect the dress code:

* No Shorts or Short Skirts
* Shirts and Blouses with sleeves
* A head scarf in the church at all times for all women.
* Men standing on the right side facing the Alter.
* Women standing on the left side facing the Alter.

Monks have taken an oath to God to be celibate in there lifes. Please respect them in Church and on monastery grounds by dressing modestly and properly. Even if your not Orthodox and only visiting you are very welcome to visit the Monastery and attend services but if your wearing nonconforming clothing you will not be allowed to enter the Church area. Some monasteries and churches have some extra clothing for vistors that approch God unpreparied. Monks are only human and respect and deserve proper dress code from us when visiting there home.

If it is summer just bring along proper clothing and put it on before entering the Church. So, just pack a scarf or extra clothing with you when you come and you can put it on as you enter the Monastery Church. It is a very unfortunate situation to travel all the way to the monastery or church and be turned away from the service just because you are not dressed correctly for the church service. I have seen people turned away from monasteries in Russia for dress code problems.

Jesus Christ IconFrom the Bible:

1 Corinthians 11:7-9: For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

1 Timothy 2:9-10: In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Peter 3:3-4: Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Deuteronomy 22:5: The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

1 Corinthians 11:13-16: Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. 16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.


1 Cor. 11, 7-13: For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels... Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?"

See: Korennaya Hermitage Modest & Respectful Guidelines:

Korennaya Hermitage Church and St. Seraphim StaturView From Korennaya Bell Tower over church and valley.

 

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