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May 4th, 2004 (01:42 pm)

OED tells me that a skete (see previous entry) is a small community of monks in the Greek Orthodox Church.


Posted by: Марья (dreiviertel)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)

It is certainly very weird to encounter such a name here! Since it is used in the Russian Orthodox Church as well as in the Greek, it has a firm association in my mind with old wooden onion-domed churches tucked away in thick forests and with schismatics escaping from the vigilance of the main Church. So the middle of a village seems hardly a place fit for a skete... :)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)

This skete is a large but ordinary stone building, built at any time before 1750, I'd guess (though architecture isn't my strong point), and is only distinguished by the small hand-painted name plate, 'St John's Skete' over the door. It's on Nethercote Road, near Tackley station.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: May 5th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)

As opposed to a skeet (only 1 letter moved) which is american for clay-pigeon.

I would say that leads one to a scary thought about americans and shooting monks, but then I'd have turned into Winpenny, so I won't.