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#1 Peter Simko

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 02:18 AM

Friends,

 

What is the theological reason for the particular use of the ostrich egg in the decoration of our Churches?  See below:

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I have seen one of these hanging at the entrance of the Church of a local monastery and one in the dining room of the house of another local monastery.



#2 Olga

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 02:43 AM

Maybe they're used because chicken eggshells are rather small and much more fragile?



#3 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 10:36 AM

In ancient times, ostriches would have been found much closer to the Mediterranean than now. The ostrich and it eggs (and feathers) were traded and valued from very early ancient times (especially in Egypt), through later antiquity and Byzantine times, and were both sacred objects and luxury items. Of the many qualities attributed to the ostrich (both good and bad) one was that the bird exercised singular concentration when its eggs were hatching so as to bring its young forth safely. Used as decoration in ancient pagan temples (a silver ostrich egg hung in the temple of the Dioskouroi in Sparta) and mosques, ostrich eggs are a common decorative feature in churches in Greece, and in addition to symbolizing single-minded concentration, they symbolize the resurrection.






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