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Is the Esoteric Theological Seminary accredited?


Is the Esoteric Theological Seminary accredited?


When asking if the Seminary is accredited it is important to note we are talking only about the degree-granting function of our Seminary. Ordinations are done by our Esoteric Interfaith Church, Inc. and there is never a question whether an ordination is “accredited” or “unaccredited” because there is no such thing as accrediting a church. Churches have complete freedom to give minister and rabbi credentials as they see fit. The question of accrediting only applies to degrees. Our Seminary does grant religious degrees and does so legally without accreditation because we are exempt from accreditation. Like all other alternative religious schools and seminaries there is no accrediting agency in existence who will accredit us at the present time. Should such an accrediting body be formed ETS will seriously consider independent accreditation. For the meantime, we are not Christian enough for the Christian accrediting agencies, nor Jewish enough for the Jewish ones, and our Seminary is not s


The fabric that is intended for sewing clothes of priests, which came to us from ancient times. Like altabas with axamit, it contains a metal thread. In the old days it was drawn gold or silver, today less valuable metals are used.

The word “brocade” comes from Persia (where it sounds like “brocade”) and means “matter”.

Brocade was highly revered in Byzantium. Decorated with luxurious embroidery, pearls and precious stones, it was fabulously prized. The production of brocade was a state monopoly, and the disclosure of its secrets was tantamount to high treason and was punishable by death. The robes of emperors and courtiers, church vestments were sewn from brocade. Until the 12th century, Byzantium set the pace in the production of precious fabrics.

Sly foreigners still managed to find out the secret of the production of gold-woven fabric and apply it in their homeland. By the beginning of the Middle Ages, brocade was already produced in many countries of southern Europe.

Sakkos. Russia, late 17th century Brocade, gold threads, foil, sequins, sewing. In Russia, brocade was initially imported from abroad: from Byzantium, Persia and Turkey. The “fryazhskaya” – Italian brocade was considered a great value: vestments for metropolitans, royal robes were sewn from it. Brocade was also imported from Spain and France.

At the end of the XVI century. Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich ordered to establish the production of patterned gold fabrics in Moscow. Master Marco Ciponi was discharged from Italy. The enterprise was a success: during the reign of Boris Godunov, foreigners were already amazed at the silk fabrics produced by Muscovites.

Peter I paid considerable attention to the development of the weaving craft. During his reign, several factories began to work, producing silk fabrics, including brocade. The state of these factories was controlled by the Senate, and the supply of raw materials was provided by the Manufacture-Collegium.

Under Empress Elizaveta Petrovna, the Russian manufacturers of the “trough” business officially announced that they could completely saturate the domestic market with their works, making it unnecessary to import such materials from abroad.

In the 19th century, with the introduction of the Jacquard machine into production, silk-weaving production largely lost its originality: many industrialists began to copy French designs. The production of brocade escaped this fate, since in this area there was practically nothing to copy in the West – foreign manufacturers themselves took Russian gold fabrics as a sample.

Bishop’s vestments are black, Greek brocadeToday, both natural silk-based brocade and synthetic brocade are common. The patterns on this fabric are composed of metallic threads. The brocade holds its shape well and looks very dignified. It is much lighter and cheaper than the old one, and yet it has a fairly substantial weight and cost, due to which silk and chenille are increasingly replacing it from church use.


Good afternoon. I am a church minister and have been looking for quality clerical clothing for my church service
at . Very high quality clothes and fabrics for your money. It is very beautiful and the material is very durable and I do not regret my choice. I will order more. And we will look beautiful together on services. I would also recommend it to other colleagues in need of a uniform.

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