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Old May 15, '08, 1:46 pm
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Hello,

A friend of mine suddenly gave me two tickets to a nearby quadruple ordination. I was wondering what a good way to dress was. For Mass, I usually wear a polo shirt (or golf shirt-whatever they're called) and tan pants with black shoes.

I'm not getting ordained, and I'm not related to anyone who is-I'm just going.

And I'm sure they'll be people there in t-shirts and flip-flops, but I'm just getting ideas.
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Old May 15, '08, 1:48 pm
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Personally, I'd go in a suit.

However, if it's really hot, then smart-casual is probably the way to go.

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Old May 15, '08, 1:50 pm
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Hello,

A friend of mine suddenly gave me two tickets to a nearby quadruple ordination. I was wondering what a good way to dress was. For Mass, I usually wear a polo shirt (or golf shirt-whatever they're called) and tan pants with black shoes.

I'm not getting ordained, and I'm not related to anyone who is-I'm just going.

And I'm sure they'll be people there in t-shirts and flip-flops, but I'm just getting ideas.
Suit and tie. Dress like you'd dress for a wedding.

Ordinations are great. Make sure to get First Blessing from the new priests.

God Bless
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Old May 15, '08, 1:50 pm
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Coat and tie. Doesn't have to be a suit. After 25 years of singing for ordinations, I can tell you that you are not going to see folks in tee shirts and flip-flops - particularly if tickets are being issued.

This is a red letter day for those four young men - would you go to a wedding in a tee shirt and flip-flops?
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Old May 15, '08, 1:57 pm
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If you were my husband, a tie hater from way back, I would strongly urge you to put on your navy blue blazer or sport coat with your tan dockers and black shoes; in fact, if you did not, I would throw one of my few, but effective, tantrums . If you feel you can stand hanging apeice offabricaorund your neck, wear the blazer or sport coat with an oxford cloth shirt and a nice, conservative tie.
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Old May 15, '08, 2:35 pm
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Suit and tie -- out of respect for God, the bishop(s), the ordinandi, their proud parents, and your fellow worshippers.

Since tickets were issued, it's likely nobody will be in shorts and flip flops will be there.

Anyway, four new priests sounds exciting. Make sure to report back on how it went!

What diocese?
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Old May 15, '08, 2:56 pm
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I'd toss on a long sleeved dress shirt instead of the polo, at least. Maybe a tie and jacket, too, if you want to be a bit more formal. If you're just an average attendee and not some sort of guest of honor, I don't think that a suit is absolutely necessary, but you ought to at least be a little "dressy" as it is a "special occasion."

I agree that this isn't your average parish Sunday Mass, so you likely won't see much in the way of T-shirts, flip flops, and shorts. So learn towards dressing it up rather than down to fit in comfortably. It IS a big event, after all.
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Old May 15, '08, 3:58 pm
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And I'm sure they'll be people there in t-shirts and flip-flops, but I'm just getting ideas.
How badly other people dress should never be a factor on what is proper.

You should wear a suit and tie, or sport jacket and tie with your khakis.
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Dress like it was your sister's wedding, and you're going to be sitting next to your mom. That will tell you whether what you intend to wear is formal enough in your area, no matter how hot it is.

PS I love the embroidered dress shirts the Phillipino men wear to Mass, for special occasions. Very dressy, very cool.
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Old May 16, '08, 12:20 am
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If you were my husband, a tie hater from way back, I would strongly urge you to put on your navy blue blazer or sport coat with your tan dockers and black shoes; in fact, if you did not, I would throw one of my few, but effective, tantrums . If you feel you can stand hanging apeice offabricaorund your neck, wear the blazer or sport coat with an oxford cloth shirt and a nice, conservative tie.
The horror! Cordovan belt and shoes with a navy blazer and khakis!
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Old May 16, '08, 12:38 am
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Well, as long as we're talking fashion, is the ordination before or after Memorial Day?

White and all, you know.
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I've been to several ordinations and I've never seen anyone dress in jeans and t-shirts. The best advice was from the person who said dress like it is your sister's wedding. An ordination, like a wedding, is a formal event and a suit and tie would definitely be the norm.
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Is this an ordination for priests or for deacons? It's been my experience that ordinations of deacons are a bit less formal than those for priests.

I'd agree that wedding attire is probably the best way to dress.

That usually means at least a dress shirt and nice pants. Tie and jacket might be called for, depending on where you live, the time of the day, the 'culture' of your diocese, etc.

This is just my personal opinion, but dark pants, no tie, and either a very dark shirt or a white shirt can look dressier than tan pants and a jacket of a different color.
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The horror! Cordovan belt and shoes with a navy blazer and khakis!

DH has several pairs of shoes, including cordovan. The OP sholdn't have to buy shoes to wear once. And he could always wear his grey dockers.
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I agree with the a previous poster, don't forget the first blessing.

We are going to an ordination at the end of this month, hubby will be in nice slacks and shirt, he does not own a coat or a tie
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