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Offline mtmamma

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Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« on: March 10, 2011, 08:05:02 PM »
Going to visit St. Antony Coptic Monastery Saturday and I am wondering is there a proper dress code for women/girls? If anyone has been there what do you do? We are going with the church as a group.

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Re: Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 08:26:03 PM »
While I am EO, what I'm about to write is likely to be compatible to the OO situation: My experience is that women are generally expected to wear modest clothing - covered shoulders, three-quarter or long sleeves, non-revealing necklines (round-neck or collarbone height is usually the norm), and definitely no shorts or trousers, skirts and dresses only, and not too figure-hugging. Hemline requirements might vary from below the knee, or sometimes mid-calf or ankle length (check first). Also, check the requirement for headcovering, whether it is required (I suspect it would be), and also if visible hair is permitted. I say this because some Orthodox women don headcoverings which vary from full concealment of hair, to a strip of translucent cloth loosely draped over the top of their head.
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Re: Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 09:12:13 PM »
The rule for dressing for St. Antony's is comfortable and modest.  It's a long drive and rough terrain, so comfortable is a must.  In my experience there, jeans on women are actually OK, as long as you are also dressed modestly.  You'll be expected to have your hair covered during the liturgy, so bring a scarf or mantilla.  Also, wear shoes that can easily be removed, as everyone takes off their shoes before entering the churches there.

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Re: Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 09:27:25 PM »
@Salpy are socks okay? So the girls can wear jeans and maybe long sleeve shirts?

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Re: Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 09:38:24 PM »
Jeans and modest shirts are good.  Socks are also good, considering that you'll be taking your shoes off.

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Re: Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 09:51:26 PM »
Okay thanks wasn't sure if sock were okay or just bare feet.

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Re: Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 11:04:18 PM »
I always wear socks there.   :)

Here's a video posted on youtube by someone showing his trip to the monastery:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRUT9jQxJU4

You can see how casually people are dressed.

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Re: Dress Code for Visiting a Monastery
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 11:48:51 PM »
Okay after watching that I feel better. I am very excited I didn't know I could take pictures!! Going to buy spare batteries in the morning.