January 03, 2011

The Headgear of the Maronite Clergy

A priest of the Maronite Church wearing a black Alloussi

A priest of the Maronite Church wearing a black Alloussi

The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, wearing a red Alloussi

Allousi - قللوسي
It is worn by the patriarch in red, by the bishops in red-purple (church violet, fuchsia, paonazzo) and by the priests in black.
The Alloussi has a little pompon on his top.

The Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir wearing a black Tabieh

The Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir wearing a red Escime and a red Tabieh. At the beginning of this ministry as patriarch, Cardinal Sfeir wore a red Tabieh and a red Escime, later he only wore only black head coverings.

A Maronite chorbishop wearing a black Tabieh

© Orbis Catholicus, 26th February 2011
A Maronite Bishop wearing a black Tabieh

Tabieh or Tabiah - طابية
It is worn by the patriarch, if he is cardinal in red and the bishops and priests in black

©  Orbis Catholicus
Maronite Clergy wearing a black Escime

Escime or Iscime - إسكيم
Normally the Escime is only worn by monks.
For in the past bishops were choosen among the monks,  nowadays the bishops continue to wear the Escime even if they have not been a monk before.


  1. Begging your pardon but the photo dated 22 november 2010 says 'A Maronite Bishop wearing a black Tabieh', it is actually a chorbishop, he is not wearing a Escime

  2. Actually, he is, Anon: The Escime [or, more familiarly, the Scheme] is the cloth that covers the head under the toubia and continues further to cover the neck.

  3. Yes, he is. Look closer.


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