In a message dated 2/2/01 11:51:51 AM, oplater@...
<< The fanciest dressed people in my parish church are several Nigerian women,
of the Igbo tribe, with (apparently homemade) dresses in brilliant colors
and extravagant hats. Watching them come up to read scripture is a visual
treat for the whole congregation. Oddly, their men wear dark suits.
Since we here in America do not have to hide from being discovered, we are
not officially persecuted, we can assemble without fear that we are indeed
dressing for a most glorious and special occasion on Sunday morning--or
Saturday night as the Catholics do.
Being able to dress in our finest regalia is a sacramental to me. I see it
as thanking God for all of the finest things that we have received. But
moreso, it is sacramental and prophetic as we shall be clothed by him at the
resurrection with glorious bodies. And by wearing, as you have see some do,
colorful and somber apparel, I see two things. Humility and separation,
being separated from the chaff. That we come before God's presence as did the
people of God came to the base of the Holy Mountain in clean clothes without
spot or blemish. And also rejoicing that he will give us new "clothes of
coverings (skins)" at the resurrection.