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Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology

Iskeem | Leather Belt


* A leather belt that a monk fastens round his waist when he lives in solitude. A monk wears such a belt following the recite of special prayers.

* A monk that wears the "Iskeem" is ought to present exceeding prayers, fastings, and kneelings than an ordinary monk.

It is a leather belt of crosses which is worn by a monk who has reached a very high level of spirituality. This belt symbolises spiritual responsibility and struggle, as well as self control over bodily needs and desires. The 'eskeem' may also be the monastic habit.                     Divider فاصل - موقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت

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