The Pastor's Vestments

In America we’re accustomed to the practice of people with different callings dressing differently. The church uses the same tradition.

For example, we’re used to seeing highway patrol officers dressed a certain way to identify themselves as law enforcement. Members of our military are no stranger to the concept of dress uniforms for special occasions. Even an usher at the theater might wear a bright red coat to identify themselves as someone at your service. In the same way, the pastor’s vestment or robe identifies him as the spiritual leader of the congregation.

The robe, which is called an alb, is designed to cover the pastor’s body and clothing, taking the focus off of the pastor and reminding worshipers that he is a representative of God. The white robe also reminds us of the robe of righteousness that Christ has wrapped around us.