VESTMENTS (The Fourth Cup & Lamb of God)

So while they’re in the desert eating Manna, God gives them instructions on making priestly vestments and these “vestments they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a brocaded tunic, a miter and a sash. In making these sacred vestments which your brother Aaron (who is the high priest) and his sons are to wear in serving as my priests, they shall use gold, violet, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen.” (Exodus 28:4-5) "The tunic of fine linen shall be brocaded. The miter shall be made of fine linen. Aaron and his sons shall wear them whenever they go into the meeting tent or approach the altar to minister in the sanctuary, lest they incur guilt and die. This shall be a perpetual ordinance for him and for his descendants.” (Exodus 28:39,43) If they don’t follow the instructions on the articles of clothing to wear when sacrificing, the consequences are: “they incur guilt and die.” These are pretty serious consequences. Even today we see traditional vestments used by Catholic priests. We also see special vestments worn for certain times of the year. The priests wear different colors depending on the liturgical season and also have special garments that go under these vestments. Much of Catholic tradition comes from ancient Judaism.

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