First, I ask your forgiveness that I often ask questions that are perhaps of little ultimate consequence, but I am oftentimes truly curious about some of these nonessential items, and I see light in every question you are able to help answer. Thank you for your love and time.
I am wondering about the use of the umbrella or ombrellino in Eastern Orthodox services. I have seen them used often in the Ethiopian and Catholic practices, but I do rarely see photos (see below for a photo from Mount Athos) or videos of their use in Eastern Orthodoxy. Does anyone have any information or experience with these items? I do find that they can be made beautiful, and I would appreciate anything about their purposes. Thank you and have a wonderful fast.