Reblogged from Anglican Pastor
When I was in discernment for the priesthood – and even before formal discernment had begun – my spiritual director asked me wonderfully probing questions. “Why do you feel a need for ordination? What can you do with a collar that you can’t do without one?” The answers are many and this is not the place to explore them. But I do realize now, even if I didn’t fully then, that a priest is called in a unique way to be a public witness to the presence of Christ, not just in the parish, but in the world. In a nominally Christian culture that is, in reality, increasingly secular or pagan, the simple wearing of a collar is a countercultural act of Gospel proclamation. With no words necessary, the collar nonetheless testifies to the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. As a priest, I have this great opportunity; it is something I can do with the collar that I can’t do as easily without it. This will inform my decision about wearing the collar this afternoon.