Wow. Really? We are arguing about head-coverings? Must be a slow day....
I see it this way....
As Christians we are to be humble and submissive to our "elders"....
So, if I go to a monastery and they "expect" women to cover their heads....then by all means, I will cover my head. After all, I CHOSE to go there, they didn't kidnap me.
If my bishop or pastor instructed me to cover my head, or say my prayers a hundred times, or fast for three days, or not do this or that, or do this or that....or whatever it was.....(as long as it met with Church rules)....I would be obligated to do so.
It's not MY choice. As a Christian, I humbly should do what I am told to do. Orthodoxy does not support egotism, or my way or the highway thinking. It's not about "me". I have to give up my pride, my ego, my thinking that I am always right, that things must be done the way I want them, etc.....or truly, I am a Christian in name only.
If you cannot succumb to Church authority....then it's useless. It's pride.....and pride even brought down God's most favored angel of light.
What we are talking about here, is NOT HEADCOVERINGS....but, PRIDE.
It's not "our" will that is important here....we need to realize that.
Covering our heads is not that big a deal. If I were told to do so, I would.
At my parish, some do, some don't.....the pastor states it's not that important and our salvation doesn't hinge on it....however, if my bishop or pastor stated Sunday morning that we are to cover....fine. I would cover.
I don't come to church to express my individuality.
I come to church to worship my Creator, along with my fellow Christians. It's not about me.
Orthodox (right thinking) Post of the Month
Maria, please note the bolded sections. I entirely agree with Liza's post, do you?