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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #45 on: December 25, 2014, 03:18:10 PM »
are these full celibate deaconesses?
may God give them and the deacons many years
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #46 on: December 26, 2015, 02:44:41 AM »
Happy feast day to the deacons!

May St. Stephen pray for us all, especially for Christians facing persecution today.








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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #47 on: December 26, 2015, 01:01:55 PM »
That's an interesting icon.  Where is it from? Is it old? And I assume the other man with the halo was St. Paul?
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #48 on: December 26, 2015, 03:48:08 PM »
It's from a 13th century illuminated manuscript.  I am guessing that the other man with a halo is St. Paul.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/414260865699121936/

http://armenianstudies.csufresno.edu/arts_of_armenia/miniatures.htm
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #49 on: December 26, 2015, 04:13:30 PM »
St. Stephan, pray for us.
My only weakness is, well, never mind

He said he had a horrible house
I looked in it and learnt to shut my mouth

Come back my dream into my arms, into my arms

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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #51 on: December 27, 2015, 08:09:07 PM »
A prayer to St. Stephen from the Armenian Church:

To St. Stephen the Protomartyr
 
O blessed ray of light, who
became worthy of the apostolic
preaching, O St. Stephen,
ask Christ for stability for the
Holy Church!
 
You were stoned in voluntary
patience, by which it was
granted to you from God to
become a companion of Christ in
sufferings, so that you might
teach us, also, to glorify
the Holy Trinity.
 
You were praying for those who
were stoning you, O first among
witnesses, so that you might
receive a good recompense
from the Creator of all.
Now we beseech you,
intercede also for us!


^This was translated from the Classical Armenian by a dear friend.   :)
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #52 on: December 28, 2015, 12:45:27 AM »
It's from a 13th century illuminated manuscript.  I am guessing that the other man with a halo is St. Paul.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/414260865699121936/

http://armenianstudies.csufresno.edu/arts_of_armenia/miniatures.htm

It's a really good "icon"!  Armenia's hidden treasures.
« Last Edit: December 28, 2015, 12:45:37 AM by minasoliman »
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #53 on: January 02, 2016, 02:12:12 PM »
Deacons are sometimes ordained on St. Stephen's Day.  This is a video of an ordination that took place last week at Etchmiadzin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oowrOVKUw-s&feature=youtu.be

Note that the deacons are given crowns to wear.  That symbolizes St. Stephen's crown of martyrdom.

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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #54 on: January 02, 2016, 02:17:49 PM »
Deacons are sometimes ordained on St. Stephen's Day.  This is a video of an ordination that took place last week at Etchmiadzin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oowrOVKUw-s&feature=youtu.be

Note that the deacons are given crowns to wear.  That symbolizes St. Stephen's crown of martyrdom.

What's the significance of the feather duster being passed down the line?
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #55 on: January 02, 2016, 02:42:44 PM »
Deacons are sometimes ordained on St. Stephen's Day.  This is a video of an ordination that took place last week at Etchmiadzin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oowrOVKUw-s&feature=youtu.be

Note that the deacons are given crowns to wear.  That symbolizes St. Stephen's crown of martyrdom.

What's the significance of the feather duster being passed down the line?
Those are young men being ordained to the Four Minor Orders, which include the right to clean the church. Part of the rite involves passing around/commonly holding a broom. Or, in this case, a feather duster.

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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #56 on: January 02, 2016, 02:59:20 PM »
Deacons are sometimes ordained on St. Stephen's Day.  This is a video of an ordination that took place last week at Etchmiadzin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oowrOVKUw-s&feature=youtu.be

Note that the deacons are given crowns to wear.  That symbolizes St. Stephen's crown of martyrdom.

What's the significance of the feather duster being passed down the line?
Those are young men being ordained to the Four Minor Orders, which include the right to clean the church. Part of the rite involves passing around/commonly holding a broom. Or, in this case, a feather duster.

Thanks, Aram. Looking at it again, it makes me think they're saying, "It's your turn to dust the vestry," "No, it's his turn" etc. ;)
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #57 on: January 02, 2016, 05:53:55 PM »
The handing over of a broom along with the charge to clean the holy place is probably the one Armenian custom I would want my own Church to adopt.  Not that I wouldn't want some others thrown in, but definitely the broom.
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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #58 on: January 02, 2016, 06:20:09 PM »
The other objects are a pair of scissors (which the bishop then uses to cut off a small portion of hair), a key, and the Mashdots (the Book of Needs).

Fun fact: One of the Four Minor Orders is Exorcist. Technically, I've been an Exorcist since I was 9 years old.

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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #59 on: January 03, 2016, 06:36:53 PM »
Very cool.   8)   I didn't know that.  I thought only priests could do exorcisms.


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Re: Happy St. Stephan's Day!
« Reply #60 on: January 03, 2016, 07:28:38 PM »
The other objects are a pair of scissors (which the bishop then uses to cut off a small portion of hair), a key, and the Mashdots (the Book of Needs).

Fun fact: One of the Four Minor Orders is Exorcist. Technically, I've been an Exorcist since I was 9 years old.

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