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Yes! It is very important to attend Mass properly dressed. Sadly, the dress of many persons today is thoroughly inappropriate and scandalous and should be corrected by priests. Remember that in Scripture the man who wasn't wearing a proper garment was thrown out (see Mt. 22:11-14). Proper church clothing is modest, and should not be tight-fighting or clingy. Bathing suits, shorts, halter tops, and t-shirts are unsuitable attire, as are sleeveless dresses, low cut tops, skirts above the knees, tops exposing the stomach or back, clothes with advertising or logos, see-through clothing, suggestive clothing, etc. [Note: If you cannot afford appropriate attire, contact a good Catholic charity for assistance in obtaining proper church clothing.]

One should also keep in mind the following admonition regarding proper dress...

"Give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts, and enter his presence; worship the LORD in holy attire. Tremble before him, all the earth; he has made the world firm, not to be moved." (1 Chron. 16:29-30, emphasis added)

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"A person who is about to make a request to a secular prince takes pains to compose himself and his words by decent dress, becoming gesture, regulated speech and close attention of mind. How much more careful ought he to be in all these things when he is about to pray to almighty God in a sacred place!" (Council of Basel)


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