Friday, December 8, 2023

Why Every Man Should Wear a Suit and Tie: The Power of Classic Style

By Jean DuBois

ROME-RUTHENIA 7 December 2023 (NRom)

When it comes to men's fashion, there is something timeless and powerful about a well-tailored suit paired with a classic tie. In recent years, the trend towards more casual attire has grown, with many men opting for more relaxed dress codes in both their professional and personal lives. However, there are several compelling reasons why men should consider keeping their suits and ties as the main part of their wardrobe, even when they are not required to wear them.
A suit and tie is always a correct and good choice! 

1. Confidence Boost

There is no denying the impact that dressing well can have on a person's confidence. Wearing a suit and tie instantly elevates your style and gives you an air of professionalism, self-respect, and sophistication. Whether you're attending a social event or simply going out for dinner, donning a suit can make you feel more self-assured, which can positively affect how others perceive you.

2. Making a Statement

In a world where casual attire has become the norm, wearing a suit and tie can set you apart from the crowd. It shows that you take pride in your appearance and are willing to put in the effort to dress well. Standing out as someone who not only appreciates classic style and elegance, but respects the people around them can make a lasting impression on others.

3. Enhancing Professionalism

While many workplaces now embrace more casual dress codes, there are still occasions where professionalism is expected or required. By having suits and ties readily available in your wardrobe, you'll always be prepared for important meetings, job interviews, or presentations. Dressing appropriately for these situations demonstrates your commitment to professionalism and respect for the occasion. But don't leave the suit only for professional settings!

4. Dressing for Special Events

Life is full of special occasions – weddings, galas, parties – where dressing up is not only expected but also adds to the overall experience. Wearing a suit and tie to these events shows respect for the host and the occasion itself. It allows you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere while looking sharp and stylish. But don't just use a suit for special occasions! Use a suit or sport coat ensemble as your regular go-to attire!

5. Personal Style Expression

Wearing a suit and tie doesn't mean conforming to a rigid dress code; it can also be an opportunity to showcase your personal style. With countless options in colors, patterns, and accessories, you can create a unique look that reflects your individuality. Experimenting with different combinations allows you to explore your fashion sense while maintaining the elegance and sophistication associated with suits and ties.

Don't Wear a Suit with Low-Rise Trousers and Tight Legs

When it comes to choosing the right suit, it's important to consider both style and fit. While fashion trends may come and go, there are certain choices that are best avoided if you want to maintain a polished and dignified look. One such choice is wearing a suit that has low-rise pants with tight legs, and looks like a lot like a woman's pant-suit. Here's why you should steer clear of this combination.

A suit that has low-rise pants with tight legs can be incredibly unflattering for men (and often women, too). The low-rise design sits below the natural waistline, which can make your torso appear shorter and your legs longer. This disproportionate look can throw off your overall silhouette and make you seem out of proportion.

Additionally, tight legs can restrict movement and make you feel uncomfortable throughout the day. A suit that fits too snugly can limit your range of motion and hinder your ability to perform tasks efficiently. It's essential to choose a suit with a proper fit that allows you to move comfortably while looking sharp.

While experimenting with fashion can be exciting, certain combinations, like one with low-rise pants with tight legs, may not convey the image you desire. Opt for a suit with a flattering fit that enhances your appearance while allowing you to move comfortably. By choosing the right suit, you'll be ready for any setting.

Suits are Uncomfortable? It couldn't be further from the truth!

When it comes to "dressing for comfort" (common buzzword today), many people immediately dismiss the idea of wearing a suit. However, this common misconception couldn't be further from the truth. With the right quality, fabrics, and fit, a suit can actually be quite comfortable.

The key to experiencing comfort in a suit lies in investing in good quality materials. Opt for suits made from natural fibers such as wool or cotton, as they are breathable and allow air circulation, keeping you cool even on warm days. Synthetic fabrics like polyester should usually be avoided as they tend to trap heat and can make you feel sweaty and uncomfortable. (But there are some good synthetics out there for certain cases. Also, linings and even high-quality wool suits are often made of a synthetic material.)

In addition to choosing the right fabrics, it is crucial to pay attention to the fit of your suit. Ill-fitting suits can restrict movement and cause discomfort. A properly tailored suit will enhance your body shape while allowing ease of movement. 

Another factor: The tie, often seen as a symbol of formality and discomfort, can actually provide a finishing touch if chosen wisely. Opt for silk ties that have a smooth texture and are not overly tight when knotted. Similarly, choose dress shoes that offer support and cushioning for your feet.

Suits are Pretentious and Elitest? Another myth! 

It's yet another common misconception that wearing a suit is pretentious, arrogant, or elitist. Many people associate suits with wealth, power, and exclusivity. However, wearing a suit is not about showing off or asserting social status; it's about self-respect, professionalism, respect for others -- and even self-expression.

Contrary to popular belief, suits are not limited to the wealthy elite. With the availability of affordable options and diverse styles, anyone can find a suit that fits their budget and personal taste. It's all about finding the right fit, fabric, and style that suits your body type and personality.

Wearing a suit can also boost your confidence and mindset. Research has shown that dressing formally can enhance cognitive abilities and improve performance in various tasks. When you dress well, you feel more empowered and ready to take on challenges.

Moreover, suits provide an opportunity for self-expression. They come in various colors, patterns, and designs that allow individuals to showcase their unique style while still adhering to classic style. From classic grey to bold pinstripes, there's a suit for everyone's sensibilities. Really, it's not about rigid formality or dress code, it's about classic style.

Leave the T-Shirts for the Gym or Maybe the Beach:
Why Ultra-Casual is Never a Good Choice for Being in Public

In a world where fashion trends are constantly evolving, it's important to know when to draw the line between casual and too casual. While we all enjoy comfort, there is a time and place for everything, including our wardrobe choices. This is especially true when it comes to wearing ultra-casual t-shirts in public.

While it may be tempting to throw on your favorite worn-out t-shirt for a quick trip to the grocery store or running errands, it's essential to consider how you present yourself to others. Your appearance often creates an impression before you even open your mouth.

By opting for ultra-casual attire in public settings, you risk sending the message that you don't care about your appearance or lack respect for yourself or others. Whether we like it or not, people often judge us based on our clothing choices. By choosing an outfit that is too casual, you may unintentionally undermine your own credibility and respectability.

Instead of reaching for that faded band t-shirt or oversized athletic top, consider opting for something slightly more put-together. A simple button-down shirt paired with nice pants can instantly elevate your look without sacrificing comfort.

While ultra-casual attire may be suitable for certain occasions such as the gym or beach, it's never a good choice for being in public. By dressing appropriately and putting a little more thought into your outfit, you can ensure that you are presenting yourself in the best possible light and projecting an image of respect, dignity, and confidence.

The Bottom Line

Suits and ties have stood the test of time as symbols of refined style and sophistication. While casual attire has its place in today's society, there are numerous benefits to keeping this classic combination as the principal part of your wardrobe. From boosting confidence to making a statement, enhancing dignity and professionalism to expressing personal style, suits and ties offer much more than just appropriate workplace or "special occasion" attire.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A Profile of Humble Service: Coronation Portrait Unveiled

M. Derosiers

ROME-RUTHENIA 5 December 2023 (NRom)

Embodying the essence of humble servant leadership and dedication to helping others, the coronation portrait of H.H. Bishop Rutherford I Ralphovich of Rome-Ruthenia was recently unveiled. It commemorates his service as the Bishop of Rome-Ruthenia and Supreme Pontiff of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church, 266th in succession from St. Peter the Apostle as Prince of the Romans, 74th Grand Duke of Ruthenia, 142nd in Gallican-Antioch succession from St. Peter, 169th in Greco-Russian succession from St. Andrew the First-Called, 145th in Armenian succession from Saints Thaddeus and Bartholomew, and 116th in Syrian-Antioch succession from St. Thomas the Apostle. The portrait incorporates symbols that represent the importance of humble and dedicated leadership in the ancient Apostolic tradition, as well as the duty to uphold the values of the Church and put faith into action.
Rutherford I at the unveiling
of the coronation portrait
As the Bishop of Rome-Ruthenia, Rutherford I has a significant role in guiding individuals in their spiritual growth. He offers prayers, guidance, and sacraments to help strengthen their faith and provide support during joyous occasions and difficult times alike. With a commitment to serving others with humility and compassion, he offers pastoral care and counsel to those in need.

The Bishop also has a responsibility to uphold the traditions of the faith. The symbols in the portrait represent his obligation to maintain ancient customs and practices, which provide a sense of continuity and stability for the faithful. This also includes the temporal heritage and tradition of the Pontifical Imperial State, Roman Empire, and Ruthenian Kingdom.

As an international ethno-religious leader, Bishop Rutherford promotes unity among the faithful, fostering collaboration and inclusivity within the greater Christian community. This creates an environment where individuals can grow spiritually and support one another even in a divisive and highly polarized world.

The Symbolism in the Coronation Portrait

The coronation portrait of the Bishop of Rome-Ruthenia showcases various symbols that represent his office. He is depicted wearing the mantum, a long red and gold robe that signifies the Apostolic authority and dignity of his office. The inclusion of flabella, ostrich feather fans that date back to ancient Egypt, is a mark of both spiritual and temporal honor and service. The background displays the pontifical coat of arms (which also is embroidered at the bottom of each side of the mantum), representing not only personal identity, lineage, and tradition, but that of all the people of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church. The gold pastoral staff, topped with a crucifix, emphasizes the Bishop's role as a shepherd. Lastly, the iconic tiara is a variation of a bishop's mitre and symbolizes spiritual and temporal authority. Some of these same symbols of office are employed by different patriarchs worldwide.

Divine Stitching: About the Vestment Tailor

All the vestments depicted in the coronation portrait, including the tiara, and also those worn in the unveiling photo, were specially tailored by Sacred Heart Vestments. Renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail, Sacred Heart Vestments is a leading ecclesial tailor that has long served clergy around the world. Their commitment to combining tradition with modern techniques, honoring age-old traditions in liturgical clothing while creating garments that are comfortable, practical, and durable is evident in every stitch and fold of their creations. 

A Historical Record and Inspiration

The coronation portrait not only commemorates this important event in the Church's history, but also serves as a reminder of the duty of the Bishop of Rome-Ruthenia in service to God and to the community. Through his guidance and wisdom, he continues to inspire countless individuals, both in and out of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

A Saint of Faith and Action - Liturgical Year in Memory of St. Edwin Caudill

By M. Derosiers

ROME-RUTHENIA 3 December 2023 (NRom)

The beginning of Advent marks the start of a new liturgical year. This period is dedicated to reflecting on and preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. In addition, for this particular year in the United Roman-Ruthenian Church, it is also dedicated to honoring Saint Edwin Caudill, Apostolic Founder and Confessor.
The principal icon of Saint Edwin Caudill
in the Chapel of St. George
Advent is a key season observed in the Christian Church as a time of expectant waiting and preparation. In the United Roman-Ruthenian Church, it begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which falls around late November or early December. It serves as a time for self-reflection and renewal, allowing individuals to focus on their relationship with God and prepare their hearts to receive Christ into their lives. Then, perhaps unique to the United Roman-Ruthenian Church, Christmas is celebrated twice. The first instance is "the Latin Christmas," on 25 December, and the second is on 7 January and is "the Eastern Christmas."
Art commissioned by the United Roman-Ruthenian
Church of the consecration of Saint Edwin in
Orthodox and Old Catholic Apostolic succession
Saint Edwin Caudill was and is an influential figure in the Church's history as Apostolic Founder and Confessor. He devoted his life to spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ and establishing strong foundations for our faith community. His unwavering commitment to sharing God's love touched countless lives and continues to inspire us today.
Saint Edwin was Anglican Bishop of the Southwest. His diocese eventually entered Orthodoxy and Old Catholicism and in time became the Diocese of Rome-Ruthenia, the Apostolic See of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church today. (Learn more here.)

Saint Edwin dedicated himself to studying theology and deepening his understanding of the scriptures and traditions of the Church. His passion for sharing God's message drew people from all walks of life to embrace the faith. Saint Edwin Caudill's legacy lives on through the countless believers who have been touched by his teachings. His emphasis on love, compassion, and forgiveness continues to shape our understanding of what it means to live a Christ-centered life.
H.H. Bishop Rutherford at
Saint Edwin's former Cathedral
During this Year of Saint Edwin Caudill, we are encouraged to delve deeper into his lasting legacy. By preserving his memory, we can gain insights into how to navigate the challenges of our time, drawing inspiration from his unwavering faith.

By dedicating this liturgical year to Saint Edwin Caudill, we honor not only his contributions but also acknowledge the importance of embracing our faith heritage as we prepare for the coming of Christ during Advent. The Advent season allows believers to reflect on their relationship with God and prepare their hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ. Let us embrace this time of anticipation and spiritual growth, drawing inspiration from Saint Edwin Caudill's legacy as we prepare to renew our faith once again.

Knights of Malta hold Investiture in Malta

By Jean DuBois

VALETTA 3 December 2023 (NRom)

In late November 2023, history was made as the Sovereign Order of Saint John (Knights of Malta of the Russian succession) gathered in Valetta, the capital city of Malta, for a momentous meeting. The highlight of this gathering was an investiture ceremony held at the magnificent Anglican Cathedral.

The solemn liturgy was led by the local bishop. Presiding over the investiture were two distinguished officials of the Order: His Most Eminent Highness Don Basilio Calì, Prince of Rhodes and Grand Master of the Order of St. John; and His Royal Highness Sire Rubén Gavaldá, head of the Merovingian French dynasty and Royal protector of the Knights. Sire Rubén also holds the honors of Knight of the Aquiline Order of Christ and Bailiff of the Pontifical Order of the Eagle from the Pontifical Imperial State. He is also the temporal hid and protector of the Gallican Rite of the Catholic Church, part of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church.
Sire Rubén addresses the Knights and Dames
present at the investiture ceremony and liturgy
The rich history of the Knights of Malta traces back to the time of the Crusades. Originally established as a religious order with a mission to provide care for pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem, they soon gained recognition for their bravery on the battlefield. Over time, their responsibilities expanded to include providing healthcare and humanitarian aid.
The Royal Protector and Grand Master during the investiture ceremony
Pavel I, Emperor of Russia, played a pivotal role in shaping the destiny of this noble order when he succeeded to the position of Grand Master. Under his leadership, he instilled an enhanced sense of duty and commitment that has been carried forward through generations. 
A meeting during the gathering in Malta
As history unfolded, after the Russian Revolution, the grand mastership passed from Nikolai II to the royal family of Yugoslavia. Thus it was Yugoslavia that became the custodian of the Russian succession. However, with the passing of King Peter II, a new chapter began. Today, the principal successor to this grand legacy is the Sovereign Order of St. John, led by the Prince of Rhodes in his capacity as Grand Master. The Prince also holds the honor of Knight of Saints George and Olga from the Pontifical Imperial State.
Valletta, Capital of Malta
The investiture ceremony held in Valetta was a testament to the enduring traditions and values upheld by the Knights of Malta. It symbolized their unwavering commitment to chivalry, honor, and service to humanity.
A scene from the investiture ceremony in Malta
As attendees witnessed this historic event unfold within the sacred walls of the Anglican Cathedral, they were reminded of the profound impact these noble knights have had throughout history. The investiture ceremony served as a powerful reminder that their mission continues to be guided by principles rooted in compassion and selflessness.

The gathering in Valetta not only celebrated the past achievements and contributions of this esteemed order but also marked a new era filled with hope and dedication. With leaders such as Don Basilio Calì and Sire Rubén Gavaldá at its helm, the Knights of Malta are poised to make an even greater difference in our modern world. As we reflect on this momentous occasion, let us honor and appreciate the timeless legacy of the Knights of Malta - an embodiment of virtue and nobility that has endured for centuries.