I tried to search the forum but to no avail. I refer to the proper attire of an installed reader for the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. I have read the following is the norm in the US:
In the dioceses of the United States of America, acolytes, altar servers, readers, and other lay ministers may wear the alb or other suitable vesture or other appropriate and dignified clothing.
Unless the pastor specifies / allows / requires the wearing of the alb:
- what qualifies as "appropriate and dignified clothing"? Strict business attire? A long-sleeved shirt and pants?
I've seen and heard all sorts of things :shrug: I do think I have common sense on this matter, but I wonder if there's anything specific? Any guideline? I mean, someone who ordinarily wears business attire for work could see it as elegant, but is it considered dignified in a liturgical context? :shrug:
(P.s.: I'll ask the priest if an alb can be worn. Some say it's not proper for lay faithful wear clerical vestments, and I sort of agree, especially since in the OF the reader is not a lector but a "lay minister" (:o) but in context an alb would add a bit of reverence, I guess...)