From its foundation, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary at Holy Trinity
Russian Orthodox Monastery, Jordanville, NY was established as an
integral part of the monastic community at which this theological
institution was housed. Many of the original seminarians of the first
student class were young monks from the Pochaev Brotherhood from
Vladomirova in Carpatho-russia. Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko), of Holy
memory, envisioned the Seminary as always being subject to the
Monastery. All though the students are not all in fact formal
"poslushniks"-novices of the community, they are none the less
expected to live their lives at the Seminary as the
poslushniki-novices of the Monastery. Each Seminarian is >vested< in
the cassock and given the belt to ware with a blessing in a formal act
by the Rector of the Seminary and Abbot of the Monastery (Archbishop
Averky in my time, now Archbishop Lavr). Five years of cassock and
belt meld you to the richness of the liturgical celebration and ethos
of the Orthodox Christian experience and prepare you to live the rest
of your life in traditional Orthodox Priests attire. It is anything
but lacking of "any sacred meanings" (sic).
Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko
PS: The big metal belt buckle that the usual seminarian leather belt
has is a fantastic beer bottle opener! :-)
The real novices choose to wear the monastic type belt that has the
tie strings at each end.
--- In orthodox-synod@y..., Kiril Bart <kirbart@y...> wrote:
> My understanding is that seminarian in Russia didn't
> wear a cassock, but jackets, here in US seminarians in
> Jordanville wear a cassock without any sacred meanings
> to it more like an Ukrainian or South Russian custom.
> Subdeacon Kirill
> --- theopetr@y... wrote:
> > I have a question that I can't seem to find a clear
> > answer for, so
> > maybe someone on this list can help. I often see
> > readers and/or
> > seminarians wearing a black leather belt on the
> > outside of their
> > cassock. At first I thought that only monastics wore
> > this belt.
> > However, then I read in a book that seminarians wear
> > the belt as a
> > sign of their obedience to their teachers in the
> > seminary. I am a bit
> > confused about who should wear this belt, and why.
> > Awaiting your response . . .
> > In Christ,
> > Theodora Petrovsky
> > St. Vladimir Memorial Church
> > Jackson, NJ, USA
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