topum (topum) wrote,

Nun in Great Schema

I saw this Great Schema nun in one of the Monasteries not far from our village today.

Great Schema is the highest level of Orthodox monasticism. In some Orthodox monastic traditions the Great Schema is never given or is only given to monks and nuns on their death bed, while in others, e.g., the cenobitic monasteries on Mount Athos, it is common to tonsure a monastic into the Great Schema only 3 years after commencing the monastic life.

The black and white garment the nun is wearing is called analavos, it is the article of monastic vesture emblematic of the Great Schema and is sometimes itself called the "Great Schema".
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