Chapter of Study: 1 Corinthians 11
St. Paul’s teachings in Chapter 11 invited much discussion regarding head covering etiquette and purpose within the church as it pertained to our understanding of God’s relationship to man and woman, and consequently, their relationship to one another.
While we recognized that an increasingly liberal society with dissolving gender norms permits for mutual respect and rights between the genders, we could not deny God’s order of human creation as is described in verse 13 (group members also cross referenced this teaching to Genesis 2:18-25 and Ephesians 5:22-33).
Therefore, our understanding was that St. Paul provided Corinthians with head covering etiquette not as a means to belittle one gender or the other in the eyes of God, but rather to protect them both from disgrace.
Chapter 11 concluded with reminders from St. Paul regarding proper preparation for the Lord’s Supper, or receiving communion. We discussed the significance of a public confession within the Armenian church, and Der Hayr noted the importance of the lay people’s humility and participation leading up to the moment of receiving Christ’s body and blood for forgiveness of sins. It was also mentioned that while private daily prayer offers Christians peace and forgiveness, it is by gathering through regular communion and confession in the church by which we can receive the fullness of His mercy.
3.But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the husband is the head of his wife, and God is the head of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 11:3
4.Any man who prays or prophesies with something on his head disgraces his head, 5but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head – it is one and the same as having her head shaved. – 1 Corinthians 11:4-5
7.For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man. – 1 Corinthians 11:7
11.Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man or man independent of woman. 12For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman; but all things come from God. – 1 Corinthians 11:11-12
27 .Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 11:27