Beards

St. Clement of Alexandria

St. Clement of Alexandria

“This, then, is the mark of the man, the beard. By this, he is seen to be a man. . . . It is therefore unholy to desecrate the symbol of manhood, hairiness.”

“How womanly it is for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, and to arrange his hair at the mirror, shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth them! . . . For God wished women to be smooth and to rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane. But He adorned man like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest—a sign of strength and rule.”

“It is not lawful to pluck out the beard, man’s natural and noble adornment.”

~ St. Clement of Alexandria (c.150 – c. 215)

Want to read some blogs about Orthodox beards?  Check out these bloggers.  Today is the first day of Fr. John Peck’s 40 Days of Blogging challenge, and that’s right . . . the topic of the day is beards.

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About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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