from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In the Gr. Ch., a kind of large and loose mantle, resembling a cope, fastened at the throat and sometimes at the lower corners also, and reaching almost to the feet.
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- noun A type of
ecclesiastical robehistorically worn by monks or royalty.
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The mandyas is the "angelic habit" that makes him a true monk; it is at this service that he makes his vows.
Latin Rite, there are the cappa magna, the amess, the mozetta, the rochet, the biretta; in the Greek Rite the mandyas (mantle) of the bishops, and the biretta-like covering for the head called kamelaukion, which, when worn by monks or bishops, has a veil called exokamelaukion.
After three years 'noviceship the monk received the lesser habit or mandyas (to mikron schema, mandyas).
After two years (the period is sometimes shortened) he makes his (solemn) vows and receives the small habit (mandyas).
He is again tonsured in the form of a cross, receives a new tunic, belt, cap, sandals, and the monastic cloak (mandyas).
The rosary is conferred upon the Greek monk as a part of his investiture with the mandyas or full monastic habit, as the second step in the monastic life, and is called his "spiritual sword".
Finally, we may notice that the emperor is to some extent treated as an ecclesiastic, for he wears a mandyas, or cope, and discharges the functions of a deputatus, which is, or was, the Greek equivalent of one of our minor orders.
The ceremonies for receiving novices, clothing monks in the mandyas