A priest wearing a Greek-style skufia.
skufia (also skufiya or skoufos; Greek: σκούφια or σκούφος) is an item of clerical clothing worn by Orthodox Christian and Eastern Catholic monastics (in which case it is black) or awarded to [1 ] clergy as a mark of honor (in which case it is usually red or purple). It is a soft-sided brimless cap whose top may be pointed (Russian style) [2 ] flat and pleated (Greek style), [3 ] or flat with raised edges (Romanian style). [4 ] Typically, monastics receives their skufia either when they first become a [5 ] novice or when they are tonsured. A [6 ] monk or nun who has been tonsured to the Great Schema will wear a skoufia that has been embroidered with prayers, crosses, and figures of seraphim. [7 ]
bishops (such as Archbishops and Metropolitans) will sometimes wear a black or purple skufia with a small jewelled cross on informal occasions. A [8 ] nun will sometimes wear a skufia over her monastic veil; while [9 ] monks often wear the skufia (without a veil) when the klobuk or epanokamelavkion might get in the way of work.
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^ The Russian-style skufia is traditionally pulled down so that it covers the top of the ears. This is practical, to keep out the cold; but it also has a symbolic practice, reminding the monk not to listen to gossip.
References [ edit ]
Philippi, Dieter (2009). Sammlung Philippi - Kopfbedeckungen in Glaube, Religion und Spiritualität,. St. Benno Verlag, Leipzig. ISBN 978-3-7462-2800-6.
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