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Full text of "Journeys In Persia And Kurdistan ( Vol.Ii)."

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JOUENEYS IN KURDISTAN       LETTER sxix

I have seen as representing the diaconate look far more
like bandits than deacons. In one large village there are
at present fifty deacons and fifteen priests attached to one
church!!

The  Kourlana   cannot   be   celebrated   without   the

SYRIAN PRIEST AND  WIFE.

assistance of a deacon. It is almost entirely confined to
the great festivals and the feast of the patron saint of
each village. After the making of the bread with the
" holy leaven/' and certain preliminaries by the clergy,
the congregation comes into church, summoned by blows
on the wooden sounding-board. The men stand in front,
the women behind, all taking off their shoes and kissing