Hello! A new poster here... not a member of any of the Orthodox Churches, but I wanted to ask a question concerning headcoverings in the conduct of the celebration of Divine Liturgy.
St. Paul says that a man wearing a headcovering while praying brings dishonor upon himself.
I attended a Syriac church once where the priest explained that they removed their head coverings for the Gospel and for the Lord's Prayer, because they were the direct words of the Lord. When I asked him why they wore them in prayer when Paul said not to, the priest said, "The Church, as custodian of both discipline and Scripture, has the right to enforce discipline that may seem to be in conflict with the Scripture."
I found the explanation to be lacking, mainly because it sounds a lot like the Episcopalian bishop of Pennsylvania, Bennison, who, when challenged by an orthodox parish in his diocese for his involvement in the 'consecration' of Gene Robinson said, "The Church wrote the Bible, and the Church can darned well rewrite the Bible whenever she chooses."
Can anyone provide me with a reason that this particular Pauline custom is despensible in the Eastern tradition?