Many of the people who are part of the Eastern Orthodox Church body DO dress biblically, at least from what we can tell from the scriptures. So my question is NOT directed at the churches that follow the scripture. So unfortunately, that leads me to have to point fingers and be specific.
OCA churches ---- **I am NOT picking on the parish as many are similar, where half the women do dress fairly biblically** -- http://athanasiusoca.org/pictures/theophany/2007/
This is fairly consistent in the OCA churches.
Greek Orthodox in America churches - --*** again I'm not picking on the parish in the Greek Orthodox church specifically*** http://www.stpauldenison.org/photos.html
I'm questioning why the dress is not more consistently biblical? (is it kind of like the beards / calendar issue?) I often wondered this because at one point we switched from the OCA to ROCOR and it was 100% biblical dress.
Anyway, here are some scriptures on biblical dress, that I would be interested on a discussion about the dress, consistency, etc.
First we are supposed to dress modest (usually followed) and not expensive (not often followed), as the scriptures command - and also not wear gold or jewels etc. (not followed)
1 Timothy 2:9
Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
It is also "Womanly" and "Manly" to adorn in traditional garments for their right gender. This is both followed and not followed in the churches. Women often wear pants, which is only modern in (at least in America) for women to wear. Most of our grandmothers & great grandmothers grew up in dresses only.
“A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
Many of the women do not wear head coverings, as the icons depict, but rather wear modern hair do's to church. Biblical women always wore head coverings, because we are to "pray without ceasing".
1 Corinthians 11 5-6 - But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
So I'm not directly attacking, but wondering why this is not a consistent issues stressed in these churches. Unlike "trivial" arguments, such as the calendar which is argued in the churches, these are scriptures. I'm not sure, but the only thing I can think of is that these women are unaware of the scripture, or the churches have not taught them the scriptures, or are too "scared" (dunno the right word) to teach them these scriptures in fear of the parishoners getting mad or something.
Why such a loss in consistency?