I was fascinated by their different vestments. Some of the headgear looked like crowns, which I thought was a little odd but I don't know much about the Orthodox churches. The only outfits I've ever seen before were the black robes with the flat hats.
Catholic and Orthodox ping!
Yeah. They brought in all the Jedi Knights of the Eastern Churches. That was a fantastic and historic moment. Chanting in Greek and Coptic. Was there any Syriac or Slavonic, I couldn't tell? The ABC gang were chattering.
Archbishop Williams was at the funeral, but I didn't see him on TV. I don't know if Archbishop Akinola or any other Anglicans (real ones, not Griswoldians) were present. The vested eastern patriarchs were the ones in communion with Rome- Byzantine Catholics, etc. Those standing nearby with the black cassocks and black head dresses were those eastern bishops in communion with Constantinople and Moscow.
So far all I hear is Greek. Koloko will know who most of them are.
I thought it was absolutely breathtaking--it sent chills up my spine.
I'll admit to knowing next to nothing about the Eastern Churches, but was intrigued today after the Holy Father's funeral mass. I did a little searching and found this site if anyone is interested: http://www.agpeya.org/index.html It's the Coptic Book of Hours, with lots of great audio.