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Green Lamps?

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During the Divine Liturgy the altar boys sometimes process with or stand around the Gospel book while holding candles or oil lamps on a long metal holder, that have green lamps. I was wondering if those have a name or represent anything specific. Is there a reason they are green instead of another color?

I have seen these in multiple Orthodox churches, so I know it is not just one parish that uses them.
 

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It's because someone who like the color green, bought them and gifted them to the church.

;)
 

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LizaSymonenko said:
It's because someone who like the color green, bought them and gifted them to the church.

;)
Red or blue ones are more common, but green sounds cool too. :)
 

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It could be that they have green for no particular reason, but it is also possible that the church is dedicated in some way to the Holy Spirit, in which case the green would be representative of Him. Take, for example, the green iconostasis (which honestly looks like a baroque reredos) of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius.

 

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lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
 

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gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
 

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Antonis said:
It could be that they have green for no particular reason, but it is also possible that the church is dedicated in some way to the Holy Spirit, in which case the green would be representative of Him. Take, for example, the green iconostasis (which honestly looks like a baroque reredos) of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius.

That's what I was thinking. Nice picture, too. :)
 

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biro said:
Antonis said:
It could be that they have green for no particular reason, but it is also possible that the church is dedicated in some way to the Holy Spirit, in which case the green would be representative of Him. Take, for example, the green iconostasis (which honestly looks like a baroque reredos) of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius.

That's what I was thinking. Nice picture, too. :)
Glorious! Fantastic! Awesome!

Way to go!
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
In Antiochan tradition, we wear green vestments during July because of Pentecost.  My sacristan changes all the lamps and votive lights on the candle stands on the Holy Table to green. Next week, he will change them to blue for the fast of the Theotokos.

Fr. John W. Morris.
 

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frjohnmorris said:
Mor Ephrem said:
gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
In Antiochan tradition, we wear green vestments during July because of Pentecost.  My sacristan changes all the lamps and votive lights on the candle stands on the Holy Table to green. Next week, he will change them to blue for the fast of the Theotokos.

Fr. John W. Morris.
I love this kind of attention to detail.
 

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Antonis said:
frjohnmorris said:
Mor Ephrem said:
gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
In Antiochan tradition, we wear green vestments during July because of Pentecost.  My sacristan changes all the lamps and votive lights on the candle stands on the Holy Table to green. Next week, he will change them to blue for the fast of the Theotokos.

Fr. John W. Morris.
I love this kind of attention to detail.
+1

When deacons are ordained priests in our tradition, the bishop reads a long exhortation which includes, among many other things, the instruction to make sure that the altar cloths, candles, and other altar furnishings are neat, tidy, straight, etc., precisely because lack of attention to those details indicates a lack of faith on the part of the priest. 
 

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Antonis said:
frjohnmorris said:
Mor Ephrem said:
gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
In Antiochan tradition, we wear green vestments during July because of Pentecost.  My sacristan changes all the lamps and votive lights on the candle stands on the Holy Table to green. Next week, he will change them to blue for the fast of the Theotokos.

Fr. John W. Morris.
I love this kind of attention to detail.
When I was in seminary at Holy Cross, they even changed the curtain before the Holy Doors to the color of the season.

Fr. John.
 

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frjohnmorris said:
Antonis said:
frjohnmorris said:
Mor Ephrem said:
gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
In Antiochan tradition, we wear green vestments during July because of Pentecost.  My sacristan changes all the lamps and votive lights on the candle stands on the Holy Table to green. Next week, he will change them to blue for the fast of the Theotokos.

Fr. John W. Morris.
I love this kind of attention to detail.
When I was in seminary at Holy Cross, they even changed the curtain before the Holy Doors to the color of the season.

Fr. John.
This is normal in Russian tradition.
 

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frjohnmorris said:
Antonis said:
frjohnmorris said:
Mor Ephrem said:
gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
In Antiochan tradition, we wear green vestments during July because of Pentecost.  My sacristan changes all the lamps and votive lights on the candle stands on the Holy Table to green. Next week, he will change them to blue for the fast of the Theotokos.

Fr. John W. Morris.
I love this kind of attention to detail.
When I was in seminary at Holy Cross, they even changed the curtain before the Holy Doors to the color of the season.

Fr. John.
I too love this attention to detail. The changing of the color of the candle holders and vestments helps us to be attentive.
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Antonis said:
frjohnmorris said:
Mor Ephrem said:
gueranger said:
lol. Okay, thanks for the replies! I think someone in my area really likes green lamps.
Another possibility is that it's seasonal: Pentecost was only about two months ago. 
In Antiochan tradition, we wear green vestments during July because of Pentecost.  My sacristan changes all the lamps and votive lights on the candle stands on the Holy Table to green. Next week, he will change them to blue for the fast of the Theotokos.

Fr. John W. Morris.
I love this kind of attention to detail.
+1

When deacons are ordained priests in our tradition, the bishop reads a long exhortation which includes, among many other things, the instruction to make sure that the altar cloths, candles, and other altar furnishings are neat, tidy, straight, etc., precisely because lack of attention to those details indicates a lack of faith on the part of the priest. 
Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house.
 
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