Can altar servers wear the cassock with 33 buttons in front w/ cuffs plus 5 buttons on the cuffs? I am planning to replace the zippers with 33 buttons, but do we have to put cuffs and 5 buttons to it? Our cassock is white so do the buttons have to be black or white?
I am still hesitant to replace the zipper with buttons, as this may appear too "traditional" to some clerics.
Thank you and God bless.
Cassocks are traditionally buttoned in the front. There are different kinds of buttons used in cassocks. There are plastics, enamel and chinese knot ones. The chinese knots are of a better kind. I rarely see the traditional 33 buttons on Pinoy priests cassocks as most Pinoy priests are not that tall. So imagine a diminutive 5 foot 2 priest wearing a cassock studded with buttons!
Most Pinoy cassocks also look like a barong. They have flaps covering the buttons so it is a clean look from the outside. A cut made to fit up to the wearer's waist like and slightly tapering down is a nice look for a cassock. Straight cuts look more like monastic tunicles rather than cassocks. Cassocks have a more "tailor fit" look and feel, if you get what I mean.
Zippers are simply, how do I put this, bad fashion sense? They are bad. Ugly and undignified. Zippers are for sports jackets, jeans and your bag. NOT FOR CASSOCKS. They do not make you look dignified. Stick with buttons.
Don't be bothered by the 33 buttons and the 5 buttons on the sleeves. Those are for monsignori and bishops. Priest's cassocks don't have them anymore especially here in the Philippines.
Proper things, for the appropriate occasion worn but the people who are EXPECTED and are PRIVILEGED to wear the,.
Knights of Columbus also follow this protocol. Only 4th degree knights are allowed to wear the regalia. Those in lower degrees must first be exemplified into the 4th degree or the Patriotic degree before they can carry their swords and wear their baldrics, cape and chapeau.
That is why I hate to see photos of altar servers "playing priest" by wearing the alb, stole and chasuble and gamely posing in front of the camera, grinning from ear to ear, as if he won the lottery, hands raised in the ICXC blessing. Bad....bad...bad! Those are not costumes. They are liturgical vestments reserved for the ordained!
Use black buttons if you use black cassocks and white if your cassock is white. I am sure your parish priest won't notice them as the buttons would blend in with the cloth.
And, a tip. Use Peach Twirl for your cassock's main cloth material. Very good one! Even if you wear a black cassock, you don't feel so hot. And it does not give you the look like "I forgot to pay my electric bill so I do not have an electric iron!". You get what I mean.