Who needs Bristol Cribbs Causeway shopping centre and turkey curry on "Boxing Day", when we could be having this:
Deacons in the Armenian church wear mitres on the feast of S. Stephen, and on other great feasts whenever there are seven deacons present. The Deacon's mitre is, as you can see, closer to a Byzantine Bishop's mitra than the Armenian Bishop's mitre, which I believe derives its shape from the Latin mitre. These ones are also holding small church-like structures which remind me of a Coptic icon of S. Stephen I have at home. In this image he is entirely localised to Egypt, carrying an Egyptian censer, a small church structure and wearing an ornamented alb and Coptic "mitra"(even though, to my knowledge, Coptic Deacons never wear mitres). These Armenian Deacons are living icons of the Greatest Deacon and the first to die for Christ.
Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the Future of Christianity in Europe - I'm not going to excerpt this. It may be read in its entirety here. Syndicated by Atom
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