Wearing the Robes of the Priesthood


When doing home worship, preforming ordinances that require the use of the priesthood, the Fellowship recommends that the robes of the priesthood be worn by ordained men and women. This is not, however mandatory.

The Robes of the Priesthood signify the authority and keys held by those using their priesthood keys for those that have been endowed. Those that have been through and Latter Day Saint/Mormon temple’s endowment session, regardless of denomination, will likely recognize the attire. One need not be endowed to worship at home.

Robes of the Aaronic Priesthood

The Robes of the Aaronic Priesthood are as follows:

  • A robe that covers one shoulder, leaving the other bare, tying at the waste. This should be made of white material
  • A green or white apron
  • a white sash to one’s measure (as long as the wearer is tall)
  • A cap (men) or veil (women) It is preferred that these be white

For the Aaronic/Levitical Office of the Priesthood and the Junior Order of the Relief Society, Robes of the Aaronic Priesthood are worn. This would be to bless or pass the Sacrament, for Baptisms, and for the ordaining of others to these offices of the priesthood.

For the first year of any level, a green apron should be worn to signify they are new – fresh from the Garden, as Adam and Eve were when wearing their leaves. This is to help guide those new in their respective units. After the first year, they may continue to wear green, or switch to white to signify Christ’s cleansing of sin (see color meanings below).

Deacons and teachers wear the garments, sash, and the apron. If wearing outer garments, the apron should go over them. The sash is then placed around the waist over both. Shoes should be removed before putting on the apron and sash, and removed again before removing them.

To wear the robes of the Aaronic Priesthood as a priest or priestess, first remove shoes from the feet. Place the robe on the left shoulder with the cap placed on the head with the bow over the right ear. Put on the apron, then tie the girdle with the bow on the right side. Finally, replace the shoes as part of the temple clothing. With the robe on the left shoulder, one is prepared to officiate in the ordinances of the Aaronic priesthood.

Shoes should be removed before removing the Robes of the Aaronic Priesthood.

Robes of the Melchizedek Priesthood

The Robes of the Melchizedek Priesthood are as follows:

  • A robe that covers one shoulder, leaving the other bare, tying at the waste. This should be made of white material
  • An apron (see color list below)
  • a white sash to one’s measure (as long as the wearer is tall)
  • A cap (men) or veil (women) It is preferred that these be white

For the Melchizedek Office of the Priesthood and the Senior Order of the Relief Society, Robes of the Melchizedek Priesthood are worn. This would be to preside over meetings, give the gift of the Holy Ghost, preform the True Order of Prayer, or for the ordaining of others to this office of the priesthood or into the Senior Order of the Relief Society. It should be noted that until revelation has been received by the First Presidency, only those holding the Office of the Priesthood are to preform the sacraments of marriage or give the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

While any color may be worn as an apron, green is recommended for the first year when becoming and Elder or High Priestess. Colors signify the following:

  • Green: New to the office, represents the leaves Adam and Eve used to hide their sins and the desire to retain innocence in the site of God
  • Purple: Signifies the Royal divinity of Jesus Christ, that He is our God and our King
  • Orange: Represents need to become like a child and that we are all children of God
  • Red: Reminds us of the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ, shed for our sins and worn in remembrance of His sacrifice for us
  • Blue: Represents eternity; just as the sky and the sea go on forever, so will our souls forever belong to the Lord
  • Yellow: Signifies the sun, or the Celestial Kingdom
  • White: Represents the innocents of man after being washed clean by the Blood of Christ

For the Melchizedek Office of the Priesthood and the Senior Relief Society, Robes of the Melchizedek Priesthood are worn, unless fulfilling duties of the Aaronic/Levitical Priesthood or of the junior Relief Society. This would be to lead the congregation during services, giving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and for the ordaining of others to this office of the priesthood, among others. It should be noted that until revelation has been received by the First Presidency, only those holding the Office of the Priesthood are to bless the give the Gift of the Holy Ghost, anoint or use oil, or other like functions. Women are welcome to bless others and heal the sick, ordain to offices in the Relief Society and other such duties, but without the use of the Melchizedek priesthood.

To wear the robes of the Melchizedek Priesthood, first remove shoes from the feet. Place the robe on the right shoulder with the cap placed on the head with the bow over the right ear. Put on the apron, then tie the girdle with the bow on the right side. Finally, replace the shoes as part of the temple clothing. With the robe on the right shoulder, one is prepared to officiate in the ordinances of the Aaronic priesthood.

Shoes should be removed before removing the Robes of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Questions? Contact us: info@cjccf.org

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