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« on: July 17, 2011, 08:36:41 PM »

Anyone know the background on hanging an egg from the main chandelier of a church building?

I have seen it done overseas but can not recall seeing it ever done here in the US. Does anyone know where you can get these eggs? Are the up all year long or just during the Pascha season? Any information or observations on this tradition would be helpful.
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 09:50:11 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2013, 09:56:07 PM »

Anyone know the background on hanging an egg from the main chandelier of a church building?

I have seen it done overseas but can not recall seeing it ever done here in the US. Does anyone know where you can get these eggs? Are the up all year long or just during the Pascha season? Any information or observations on this tradition would be helpful.

In close to 50 years of being Orthodox, and with a foot in both Russian and Greek traditions, I've never seen it.  Huh
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2013, 09:56:27 PM »



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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2013, 11:12:18 PM »

I've seen ostrich eggs adorning the pointy ends of crosses in Ethiopian churches (in pictures at least), but no eggs hanging from chandaliers. That's probably because I'm Antiochian. You know, in Antioch, we use hand grenades. They're not live ones, but symbolic represnations of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, which travels with the patriarch wherever he goes.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2013, 03:36:55 AM »

It represents the Resurrection.  

I know I've seen pictures of it in old Armenian churches overseas.  Here in the US, I think I've seen it at St. Antony Coptic Orthodox Monastery.  Maybe someone else who has been to the Monastery can confirm if my recollections are correct.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2013, 07:31:44 AM »

Anyone know the background on hanging an egg from the main chandelier of a church building?

Are the up all year long or just during the Pascha season?
I have seen an Easter egg hanging from a chandelier or from an icon in a monastery church, only during the Pascha season. It represents the Resurrection.
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2013, 11:05:24 AM »

I can confirm that is has been a tradition since at least the 15th century. Piero della Francesca, a renaissance painter, features a hanging ostrich egg in his Brera Madonna. Our professor specifically said that the painter discovered this tradition through his contact with Byzantines who fled to Italy after the fall of Constantinople.



Now that I looked this up on Wikipedia, I see that the article contains a bunch of unlikely unsourced speculations.
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013, 08:58:40 PM »

The nearest Greek church to where I am has ostrich eggs hanging from the chandelier. I've seen it in quite a few places. The eggs are always painted with icons.

On the wiki site for the Blue Mosque in Constantinople "On the chandeliers, ostrich eggs are found that were meant to avoid cobwebs inside the mosque by repelling spiders.".
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