Instructions for Public Worship
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. I am so glad that you always keep me in your thoughts, and that you are following the teachings I passed on to you. But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ
is God. A man dishonors his head if he covers his head while praying or prophesying. But a woman dishonors her head if
she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head. Yes, if she refuses
to wear a head covering, she should cut off all her hair! But since it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or
her head shaved, she should wear a covering.
A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory.
And woman reflects man’s glory. For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.
But among the Lord’s people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. For although
the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God.
Judge for yourselves. Is it right for a woman to pray to God in public without covering her head? Isn’t it obvious
that it’s disgraceful for a man to have long hair? And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given
to her as a covering. But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.