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  1. Carl Vehse says:

    Given your repeated tie-in of the clerical collar as the symbol of the Office of Public Ministry and the uniform/attire of a pastor, are clerical collars appropriate for laymen such as seminarians and vicars who have not received a Divine Call to be a pastor of a congregation?

    1. Mark Wood Mark Wood says:

      Hi Carl. Thanks for your question. Insofar as vicars and seminarians are serving in the stead of and under the supervision of an ordained pastor, it seems appropriate to me that they would wear clerical collars. However, that too is a matter of adiaphora.

    2. LCMS Church Information Center says:

      Thank you for your blog post. In the LCMS, clerical collars would signify that the one wearing it is either: 1) ordained; or 2) working toward ordination, either at a seminary or on internship (vicarage). It is certainly appropriate for seminarians and vicars to wear a clerical collar.

  2. Carl Vehse says:

    Which case the LCMS clerical/seminarian/vicar collar signifies presumably is made clear by the wearer if “given entry into restricted areas of hospitals, invited into conversations in airports, asked for guidance or prayer from people disconnected from the Church, heard the confessions of strangers, and a host of other experiences” where wearing the collar proclaims “God is open for business.”