But anyway, googling around I ran across some information that black and white clothing was used as a way of distinguishing clergy in the Greek church and is still part of orthodoxy today. What I am really looking for is primay texts from late antiguity up to the 10th century which gives information about this black and white clothing distinction. Although it is from a blog and only a hint of what is likely there in historical sources, I will post a bit from a blog I found this info RE orthodoxy and give the url too.
Orthodox Priests and Deacons are divided into two distinct groups the married (white or parochial) clergy and the monastic (or black) clergy. The monastic clergy are by nature unmarried, but one seeking ordination to the ranks of the white clergy may now choose to be celibate (unmarried) or married, but must make the choice prior to ordination since, under Orthodox Canon Law, one may not marry after ordination. A celibate Priest or Deacon may not later marry and a married Priest or Deacon whose wife dies may not remarry. Also, one who has been divorced may not be permitted to be ordained. Bishops are drawn exclusively from the ranks of the monastic clergy, although a celibate or widower may be consecrated Bishop after having taken monastic vows. In ancient times married men were permitted to become Bishops (such was the case of St. Peter himself), but such has not been the case since at least the 6th Century.
Edited by Olga, 09 May 2012 - 11:25 PM.
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