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« on: December 16, 2012, 10:23:28 AM »



What are they doing?
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 06:08:14 PM »

It looks like they're watering the flowers.

Of course, they really COULD be doing this, and it was interpreted as a liturgical act with great symbolic significance.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 06:33:41 PM »

It looks like they're watering the flowers.

Fully vested?
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 06:51:51 PM »

Good question.  I've never seen anything like this in a liturgical ceremony.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 06:57:20 PM »

Good question.  I've never seen anything like this in a liturgical ceremony.

Same here, neither in Greek nor Russian churches I've attended.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2012, 07:49:09 PM »

I've seen photos of this, the flowers around the cross being watered in this manner when a bishop is serving. He blesses the four directions with the cross, bowing down VERY low, and many "Lord, have mercy"'s (something like 40 for each direction) are sung. I've never heard the explanation for this, though...
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2012, 09:44:21 PM »

It looks like they're watering the flowers.

Fully vested?

Hey, I've been to a vespers service where the priest prayed the great ectenia whilst remodeling the altar.

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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 07:31:30 AM »

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaoON8D18GE

Here it's a video from monastery Optina in Russia. It's interesting that they do it only for the feast of Elevation in September. On the 3rd Sunday of the Great Lent (at least in the video) not. I've seen this ritual a couple time in the videos, as I can remember all of them were from Russia
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 07:34:39 AM »

What are they pouring? Wine, water, oil?
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2012, 10:03:52 AM »

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaoON8D18GE

Here it's a video from monastery Optina in Russia. It's interesting that they do it only for the feast of Elevation in September. On the 3rd Sunday of the Great Lent (at least in the video) not. I've seen this ritual a couple time in the videos, as I can remember all of them were from Russia

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