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« on: May 29, 2014, 11:01:04 PM »

His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was enthroned as the Patriarch of Antioch and All East on Thursday 29-May-2015 at at Saint Peter’s and Paul Cathedral attached to Mar Ephrem Monastery in Saydnaya, just outside Damascus. H.B Baselious Thomas I  Catholicose (Maphrian) of the East, led the services.

In addition to the various Syriac Orthodox bishops and delegations from the Coptic Church; Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East H.B John X Yazigi and  Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr Eddin Hassoun also attended the ceremony.

The Government of Syria was represented by Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Azzam, Ministers of States Nazira Sarkis, Joseph Sweid and Jamal Shahin.

1. The following video shows the highlights of the ceremony.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTrbTxP3OGU

2. In the following video, you can listen the Patriarch reading the 'amologia' (ܐܡܘܠܘܓܝܐ). In this declaration of faith,  His Holiness declares the loyalty to the Faith of the Church (Christology, Trinity, decisions of three ecumenical councils) before God and His Angels, and before the Maphrian and the whole Church. Then His Holiness signs the “amologia” which was written with his own hand. This document remains in the archive of the Patriarchate for future generations, such as those of his predecessors.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=640683892691708

During the enthronement service H.H Aphrem II used the Episcopal Staff of Patriarch Elias III, the Eskimo of Patriarch Aphrem I, the Staff of Office of Patriarch Jacob III, the Pectoral Cross and Icons of Patriarch Zakka I.


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Catholicse (Maphrian) H.B Thomas I from the enthronement service


With the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.

 
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 11:14:49 PM »

What's the significance of the Patriarchs including Ignatius as part of their name upon enthronement?
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 11:17:02 PM »

Many years! Axios!
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 11:34:46 PM »

What's the significance of the Patriarchs including Ignatius as part of their name upon enthronement?
In honor of their predecessor Ignatios Nurono (the Illuminator) aka  Ἰγνάτιος Ἀντιοχείας. As you can see from the following list...that practice started in the 13th century.
http://sor.cua.edu/Patriarchate/PatriarchsChronList.html

Similarly the Maphrian (aka Catholicose) takes the name Baselious upon enthronement.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 11:56:33 PM »

What's the significance of the Patriarchs including Ignatius as part of their name upon enthronement?
In honor of their predecessor Ignatios Nurono (the Illuminator) aka  Ἰγνάτιος Ἀντιοχείας. As you can see from the following list...that practice started in the 13th century.
http://sor.cua.edu/Patriarchate/PatriarchsChronList.html

Similarly the Maphrian (aka Catholicose) takes the name Baselious upon enthronement.
Who is the Baselious whom the Catholicoi are named after?
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2014, 12:09:49 AM »

It's so good to see the picture of our two Patriarchs of Antioch together :-). Axios!
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2014, 02:39:01 AM »

Axios! Many years!

You know... since Antioch had two founders (SS. Peter & Paul), maybe it makes sense that we have two Patriarchs. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2014, 02:43:51 AM »

May God protect HH and all the Christians of Syria, and indeed, all Syrians of all faiths.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2014, 08:12:35 AM »

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During the enthronement service H.H Aphrem II used the Episcopal Staff of Patriarch Elias III, the Eskimo of Patriarch Aphrem I, the Staff of Office of Patriarch Jacob III, the Pectoral Cross and Icons of Patriarch Zakka I.

What's the "Eskimo"?  Huh
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2014, 08:34:57 AM »

What's the "Eskimo"?  Huh
It is the name of the hood worn by Syriac monks.

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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2014, 08:36:15 AM »

Copts call it "Eskeem"
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2014, 09:00:37 AM »

Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2014, 10:05:55 AM »

Axios! Axios! Axios!  I love this man.  He's going to be a fantastic patriarch, the best thing for the Church at this point in its history.  God keep him safe and grant him peace on his throne for many years.
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2014, 10:28:57 AM »

You know... since Antioch had two founders (SS. Peter & Paul), maybe it makes sense that we have two Patriarchs. Wink
There are three more who claim that title... all of them from the various Roman Catholic Rites, namely Maronite Catholic, Greek Melkite Catholic and Syriac Catholic. Till recently there was a sixth one also the Latin Patriarch of Antioch. But Rome has abolished that title in 1964.
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2014, 12:41:02 PM »

You know... since Antioch had two founders (SS. Peter & Paul), maybe it makes sense that we have two Patriarchs. Wink
There are three more who claim that title... all of them from the various Roman Catholic Rites, namely Maronite Catholic, Greek Melkite Catholic and Syriac Catholic. Till recently there was a sixth one also the Latin Patriarch of Antioch. But Rome has abolished that title in 1964.

But the Syriac and Greek Patriarchs are the ones that matter. angel
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2014, 12:45:51 PM »

Thanks be to God.  angel
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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2014, 05:20:37 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2014, 05:51:12 AM »

Who is the Baselious whom the Catholicoi are named after?
From 1533 Syriac Orthodox Maphrian (aka Catholicose) of the East started adding the name Baselious to their name. This is in honor of Mor Baselious  Rabo.

Also the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem traditionally always took the name 'Gregorious' .  This has now fallen out of use and the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Jerusalem no longer takes the title Patriarch of Jerusalem nor assumes the name Gregorius.
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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2014, 11:56:34 AM »

H.H Aphrem II used the Episcopal Staff of Patriarch Elias III ... the Staff of Office of Patriarch Jacob III
What is the difference, in the Syriac Church between the episcopal staff and the staff of office? Is it like the difference between an Eastern Orthodox bishop's crosier and that other long cane they carry outside the liturgy?
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« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2014, 12:11:31 PM »

the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Jerusalem no longer takes the title Patriarch of Jerusalem nor assumes the name Gregorius.

Why is that? Did it offend Armenians/Greeks or something?
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« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2014, 12:43:35 PM »

H.H Aphrem II used the Episcopal Staff of Patriarch Elias III ... the Staff of Office of Patriarch Jacob III
What is the difference, in the Syriac Church between the episcopal staff and the staff of office? Is it like the difference between an Eastern Orthodox bishop's crosier and that other long cane they carry outside the liturgy?

I think that is exactly the difference. 
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« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2014, 01:29:43 PM »

What is the difference, in the Syriac Church between the episcopal staff and the staff of office? Is it like the difference between an Eastern Orthodox bishop's crosier and that other long cane they carry outside the liturgy?

This is the staff of office


This is the Episcopal staff known as mooroneetho (or crosier)
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« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2014, 01:40:50 PM »

Why is that? Did it offend Armenians/Greeks or something?
I donot know the exact reason. I will try to find out. I think it had more to do with the 'genocide' , persecution and the First World War. In the initial years of the 20th Century, the Patriarch of Antioch had to leave his traditional head quarters at Deyrul' al Zafran Monastery (Kurkkumo Dayro) in modern day Turkey to Jerusalem. Then it was moved to Homs then to Damascus and now temporarily to Lebanon.  So it is possible as the Patriarch of Antioch himself was stationed in Jerusalem there was no need for another Syriac Patriarch of Jerusalem.. and it fell in to disuse.  The above is purely my speculation.

Also I dont think there is much interest in the Syriac Synod at reviving such a Patriarchate; as the revival of the Maphrianate (Catholicate) of the East within the Syriac Church that had also gone into disuse, didnt go over that well.. resulting in schism in India.
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« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2014, 05:48:11 AM »

Axios! Many years!

You know... since Antioch had two founders (SS. Peter & Paul), maybe it makes sense that we have two Patriarchs. Wink

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Also why does the one he's wearing have a million crosses on it. The standard is six on each side. One for each apostle.
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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2014, 06:02:14 AM »

Axios! Many years!

You know... since Antioch had two founders (SS. Peter & Paul), maybe it makes sense that we have two Patriarchs. Wink

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Isn't the eskeem the leather chest garment for spiritually seasoned monks? There is a video of pope tawadros receiving it? The terms for the head garment of monks are kalansowa and skoufia.

Also why does the one he's wearing have a million crosses on it. The standard is six on each side. One for each apostle.
my mistake!  Thank you for correcting me!

Good observation too. Didn't  notice that, which is interesting. How many crosses is there in the patriarch's skimo?
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« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2014, 06:17:34 AM »

Axios! Many years!

You know... since Antioch had two founders (SS. Peter & Paul), maybe it makes sense that we have two Patriarchs. Wink

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Isn't the eskeem the leather chest garment for spiritually seasoned monks? There is a video of pope tawadros receiving it? The terms for the head garment of monks are kalansowa and skoufia.

Also why does the one he's wearing have a million crosses on it. The standard is six on each side. One for each apostle.
my mistake!  Thank you for correcting me!

Good observation too. Didn't  notice that, which is interesting. How many crosses is there in the patriarch's skimo?

As I noted above, one million...on a serious note I too await this answer.

The eskeem is pretty much the Coptic equivalent of the EO Great Schema -Looks cooler than your average monk, does more prostrations than your average monk(with other obligations of solitude reciting the psalms, and fasting until sundown) haha
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« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2014, 08:17:18 AM »

Axios! Axios! Axios!

The audio is awful on these, but it may of interest to some. I wish SuryoyoSat still broadcast in the Western Hemisphere.

Enthronment of Patriarch of Antioch

(part 1)
http://youtu.be/3S1KwNdFsk4

(part 2)
http://youtu.be/WSCbtexX-Eg

(part 3)
http://youtu.be/Mf5N5sW22io
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« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2014, 01:49:23 PM »

Also why does the one he's wearing have a million crosses on it. The standard is six on each side. One for each apostle.

My understanding was that this was not his own, but was used by one of his predecessors.  The standard eskimo has six crosses on each half and one at the base.  Even the "liturgical" one is usually like this, but I think the Syrians will "embellish" once in a while.  The one HH wore at his enthronement had at least sixty crosses, but was black.  I've seen photos of Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim (may he and Met. Paul be released) wearing a green eskimo with the standard crosses as part of a set of green vestments.  Neither practice is normative in any way. 
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« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2014, 12:39:10 PM »

This is a much better quality video, but not of the full ceremony.

The inauguration of His Holiness Mar Ignatius Ephrem II

http://youtu.be/iATgtTfqqE8
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English translation of the Omologia (Statement of Faith) signed by H.H Ignatius Aphrem II prior to his enthronement as Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.  The emphasis in bold is mine.
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In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One True God. Amen.

His Beatitude, our brother Mor Baselios Thoma I, the esteemed Maphryono of India.
Their Eminences the Metropolitans and Bishops of the Syriac Orthodox Church which is loved by Christ and is protected by the Lord.

Since the Holy Spirit called my weak self and you have chosen me—I, the sinner, servant of the Lord—to be seated, by the Grace of God and not by worthiness, on the see of St. Peter the Apostle, the See of Antioch, and to become a general father for the children of Christ our Lord, the Syriac Orthodox Church, I bow my head in front of Him, He Who called me by His infinite knowledge and His incomprehensible wisdom. And I ask of Him, our High-Priest, for wisdom and help to be able to complete my duties with the fear of God and fitting care, to serve this great and holy rank, to work for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, and to labor for the exaltation of the Holy Church.

Because by the grace of God, and by your decree which you have taken counsel together, I am about to approach the exalted rank of the Patriarchate, these declarations of belief are required of me which are in every respect in accordance with the priestly canons and the teaching of the holy fathers, those which I confess before the all-knowing God that with an unshakeable, unchangeable, and resolute will I will embrace and hold onto them until the end of my life. These things, therefore, which are placed in my mind, which by the aid of God I will preserve until my last breath, without error and correctly, are as follows:

I promise before God and His elect angels, that I will unswervingly keep the orthodox faith, that which is from the beginning and from the time of the holy apostles, which the three hundred and eighteen holy fathers received and confirmed at Nicaea, and the holy synod of one hundred and fifty holy fathers, which was gathered in Constantinople, ratified, and likewise the holy synod of Ephesus.
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I confess that one of these holy qnumē, I mean the Word God, at the end of times was incarnated for the sake of our salvation from the Holy Virgin, unacquainted with coupling, Mary the Mother of God, who in her soul and in her body was first purified by the Spirit, and He became like us in everything, ‘apart from sin’, as it is written. And thus He was born from her, truly but without passion, and not by false illusion, since He did not cause a body to descend for Him from heaven, nor did He pass through the Virgin as though through a pipe, but He was incarnate from her essence, without tearing the seals of her virginity. And so He was one kyono (being) in His eternal state, and He is the same one being in His incarnate state. But He, however, who was simple and not composite, invisible and untouchable, the same He became composite for our sake, in His manifestation from the Virgin, simultaneously visible and touchable, eternal and temporal, and not one and another. But He Himself is one composite kyono (being) and qnumo (hypostasis). These things are such understood. While I acknowledge the teachers of orthodoxy, the holy fathers, and reverently embrace their teachings, I cast down as preachers under anathema all those who were corrupters of the orthodox.

I believe in the Sacraments of the Church and I accept the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments. I promise to uphold the Apostolic Canons, Church Law, and the Patristic Tradition, and I shall never depart from them at all.

I promise to walk in the path of serving the house of God and the faithful honorably, truthfully, flawlessly, actively, and diligently; to be unwavering in fasting and prayer for myself and for the flock of Christ that was entrusted to me to shepherd; to be peaceful, humble, and hospitable to all as our Lord Jesus Christ taught; and to stay far away from drunkenness, greed, usury, conflicts, grudges, cruelty, and vengeance, as Paul the Apostle taught.

I vow to work with my brothers, the bishops of the Church with the love of God and in a spirit of fraternity so that our entire service will be for the glory of God and the exaltation of His Holy Church.

I also proclaim the oneness of faith with my partners in the Apostolic ministry, the shepherds of the sister Oriental Orthodox Churches. I accept the general statements of faith produced by the Joint Commission of the Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, in particular the statements produced in Chambésy in 1990 and 1993. I consent to the agreement that took place between my two immediate predecessors and the Heads of the Church of Rome in 1971 and 1984, as well as the agreement with the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch in 1991.

I, Cyril Aphrem, who by the mercy of God am the Metropolitan of the Eastern United States, having made this confession of faith which is set down above, and having read and carefully considered the matters in it, and all of them having pleased me, and having agreed with it, I have signed with my signature. And I confirm that I will adhere to all of those things in it all the days of my life, without transgression or deviation. And I have confessed these things as though before God and his angels.
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« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2014, 10:12:39 AM »

That is an interesting statement of faith. When was this first used? 
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« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2014, 11:14:42 AM »

That is an interesting statement of faith. When was this first used?  

Each "Patriarch elect" writes the statement of faith (Omologia) in their own words. The following is what the 12th century Syriac Patriarch of Antioch, Michael the Syrian says:
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"[The Patriarch-elect] is to write with his own hand a declaration of his Orthodox faith which he is obliged to keep: to act justly and righteously, to adhere to the Apostolic canons, to accept the learned and recognized Church Doctors and the three Synods, to reject heretics, to commit himself diligently striving for the peace and progress of the entire Church of God, to reconcile and bring back the dissidents, and so on. He may not, however, write or declare that he is to submit to anyone of those who are about to install him as they submit to him, for they are not to bring charges against him in any matter unless he deviates from the Orthodox faith."
source: Manuscript Vatican Syr 51 which was written in 1172 by Michael Rabo(aka Michael the Great)

H.H Aphrem II has chosen to base his Omologia based on his predecessor  Ciryacus of Takrit, Patriarch of Antioch (AD798-AD817), which is preserved preserved in St. Mark's Monastery (Jerusalem) no. 129. H.H Aphrem II has added his own words as well. I found it interesting how H.H didnt pronounce anathema on any individuals or councils.. embraced all joint statements with the Chalcedonians made by his predecessors and stating the OO Christology. I agree.. it is a very interesting statement of faith.
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« Reply #32 on: June 06, 2014, 01:56:54 PM »

That is an interesting statement of faith. When was this first used?  

Each "Patriarch elect" writes the statement of faith (Omologia) in their own words. The following is what the 12th century Syriac Patriarch of Antioch, Michael the Syrian says:
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"[The Patriarch-elect] is to write with his own hand a declaration of his Orthodox faith which he is obliged to keep: to act justly and righteously, to adhere to the Apostolic canons, to accept the learned and recognized Church Doctors and the three Synods, to reject heretics, to commit himself diligently striving for the peace and progress of the entire Church of God, to reconcile and bring back the dissidents, and so on. He may not, however, write or declare that he is to submit to anyone of those who are about to install him as they submit to him, for they are not to bring charges against him in any matter unless he deviates from the Orthodox faith."
source: Manuscript Vatican Syr 51 which was written in 1172 by Michael Rabo(aka Michael the Great)

H.H Aphrem II has chosen to base his Omologia based on his predecessor  Ciryacus of Takrit, Patriarch of Antioch (AD798-AD817), which is preserved preserved in St. Mark's Monastery (Jerusalem) no. 129. H.H Aphrem II has added his own words as well. I found it interesting how H.H didnt pronounce anathema on any individuals or councils.. embraced all joint statements with the Chalcedonians made by his predecessors and stating the OO Christology. I agree.. it is a very interesting statement of faith.

You have to chuckle that this has to be your 451st post on this site Wink

In any case that makes more sense, and being as someone who is a hopeless romantic, I approve of the statement of faith. Axios!
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« Reply #33 on: June 06, 2014, 02:13:42 PM »

There was a beutiful picture of the new Patriarch with representatives of several churches but I can't find it now. I thought I saw it a facebook about a week ago but it doesn't seem to be in my newsfeed anymore. Anyone know which one I am talking about and have a copy they can post?
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« Reply #34 on: June 06, 2014, 06:52:12 PM »

There was a beutiful picture of the new Patriarch with representatives of several churches but I can't find it now. I thought I saw it a facebook about a week ago but it doesn't seem to be in my newsfeed anymore. Anyone know which one I am talking about and have a copy they can post?

Is this the photo that you are referring to ?

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« Reply #35 on: June 07, 2014, 03:14:52 PM »

Now that's a nice group picture.
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« Reply #36 on: June 07, 2014, 03:24:57 PM »

Now that's a nice group picture.

Even if it's missing a few people, I agree.  And I think it's lovely that the EO bishops have clearly duophysite beards while the OO bishops have clearly miaphysite beards. 
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« Reply #37 on: June 08, 2014, 07:58:23 PM »

There was a beutiful picture of the new Patriarch with representatives of several churches but I can't find it now. I thought I saw it a facebook about a week ago but it doesn't seem to be in my newsfeed anymore. Anyone know which one I am talking about and have a copy they can post?

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No but still very nice.
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« Reply #38 on: August 22, 2014, 04:46:29 PM »

Also why does the one he's wearing have a million crosses on it. The standard is six on each side. One for each apostle.

My understanding was that this was not his own, but was used by one of his predecessors.  The standard eskimo has six crosses on each half and one at the base.  Even the "liturgical" one is usually like this, but I think the Syrians will "embellish" once in a while.  The one HH wore at his enthronement had at least sixty crosses, but was black.  I've seen photos of Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim (may he and Met. Paul be released) wearing a green eskimo with the standard crosses as part of a set of green vestments.  Neither practice is normative in any way. 

It was my understanding that his eskimo had 72 crosses to represent the 72 evangelists, although I didn't count them myself.
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« Reply #39 on: August 22, 2014, 04:51:19 PM »

Also why does the one he's wearing have a million crosses on it. The standard is six on each side. One for each apostle.

My understanding was that this was not his own, but was used by one of his predecessors.  The standard eskimo has six crosses on each half and one at the base.  Even the "liturgical" one is usually like this, but I think the Syrians will "embellish" once in a while.  The one HH wore at his enthronement had at least sixty crosses, but was black.  I've seen photos of Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim (may he and Met. Paul be released) wearing a green eskimo with the standard crosses as part of a set of green vestments.  Neither practice is normative in any way. 

It was my understanding that his eskimo had 72 crosses to represent the 72 evangelists, although I didn't count them myself.

Interesting...I've never heard of such a custom, but it would make sense.  Thanks!
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