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Cross with facing serpent's staff
« on: February 09, 2006, 10:33:34 PM »
I am curious about the origon, history, name etc. of a curious symbol that I see in some Oriental and a EO churches.

It is a staff used by patriarchs and sometimes bishops.   Which has a small cross at the top, which is faced by two serpents.

It features prominently in the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.    And can be seen in their Churche's seal (Shown in the wall paper on this web site)


http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/4985/

and is shown in photos of mar ignatius zecharias Iwas, like this one

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syriac_Orthodox_Church


besides the syriacs, our Coptic bishops also sometimes use it (but seems less prominent), I also have noticed a few Eastern ORthodox bishops and/or patriarchs hold it as well.


I am curious about it's background.   (I assume that it's probably an allusion to a few things like the serpent pole Moses lifted up, as well as some of the other familar ones, like the Sheperds crook, cross and so forth.)

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Re: Cross with facing serpent's staff
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2006, 06:32:59 AM »
We had a brief discussion on the subject in a thread talking about the Patriarchal Epiphany celebration in Florida.  It began at this post and continued for a little bit in the thread:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8062.msg105401#msg105401

I hope it's helpful.
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Re: Cross with facing serpent's staff
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2006, 12:21:06 PM »
We had a brief discussion on the subject in a thread talking about the Patriarchal Epiphany celebration in Florida.  It began at this post and continued for a little bit in the thread:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8062.msg105401#msg105401

I hope it's helpful.


Thanks that was at least a good starting place.   I've been wondering about this symbol for years, and unlike other famous ones.   I've never seen anybody explain or discuss it before.