Nazarani Church Flag

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The Nazarani Church Flag

In order to adequately represent our longstanding pride and religious history, the 2012 Convocation promulgated the following blazon[1] for the Nazarani Church Flag:


Blazon

This Blazon represents the official flag of the Nazarani Church. The Nazarani Flag shall be Argent, with a one quarter font d’or along the lower length. Emblem of Aramaic letters “YH”, written vertically as in the Hudum (Mongolian style) script and the motto “Nyynrzn atwdye”, written right-to-left in separate charges – all gules, in the overall shape of a bird. The proportions of the Flag shall be thus: the width of the flag, 1; the length of the flag, 2.

    Field

    The field consists of a font d’argent (silver field) tincture, with a one quarter width font d’or (gold field) tincture running along the lower length. These represent peace and prosperity, but is also a call to Wisdom, who speaks saying, “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold” (Proverbs 8:10) For, “My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.” (Proverbs 8:19-21)

    Charges

    There are three charges, the Emblem and two words. The two words are written in Nazarani (Aramaic) text reading from right to left in gules: “Nyynrzn atwdye”, literally meaning “ADITHA NAZARANI” or “Nazarani Church”.

    Emblem

    The emblem is “YH”, written vertically as in the Hudum (Mongolian style) script, so that it resembles a man in motion. Regular Aramaic reads right-to-left / up-to-down. The Hudum script reads up-to-down / right-to-left – so that the top character, the “Yod” is read first, and the lower character “Heh” is read after. Together they form the word “YAH”. Aside from being the name for God in Aramaic YAH also means 'life' as in the word haiyah (life).

    The modern Korean, Mongolian, Ugyer and several other Asiatic languages actually became written languages for the first time during the period of the Silk Road when the Nazarani priests’ missionary enterprise was at its highest. These alphabets were adapted from the Aramaic script and use essentially the same sounds for each letter (phoenetic sounds).

    YHVH is written as יהוה in Hebrew and sometimes in a short form Yäh יה(yud-heh). To be sure, King David sang:

    Praise YAH! Servants of YHVH, give praise! Praise the name of YHVH!” (Psalm 113:1-3)

    Nazarani use this Name, because of the Prophet Isaiah, when he said,

    Behold the El who gives me triumph! I am confident, unafraid; for YAH YHWH (hwhy hy) is my strength and my might; and he has been my deliverance.” (Isaiah 12:1-2) The view that YAH strengthens and protects his people is clear form a number of other Biblical passages as well. “YAH is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my Elohim, and I will enshrine Him; My father's Elohim, and I will exalt Him. YHWH the warrior—YHWH is His name!” (Exodus 15:2-3[2])

    Out of respect for the Name of God, Nazarani don’t write the full name, but instead only “YAH. In the same light, the Jews of today refer to God merely as HaShem (“The Name”) or Adonai (“Lord”).

Rules for Flying

The Rules for Flying the Nazarani Flag from the 2016 Constitution of the Nazarani Church:

    XVIII NAZARANI FLAG
      B. RULES FOR FLYING
        1. Reverence and respect shall at all times be accorded the flag, other symbols which embody the spiritual ideals by which the Nazarani people seek to live. The heraldic items and devices shall seek to manifest the virtues and to inculcate in the minds and hearts of our people a just pride in their faith.
        2. Because of the Aramaic text reading from right-to-left the obverse side is meant to be hoisted with the mast to the observer's right.
        3. Because the Flag has the name for God on it, and because respect for God always takes precedence over respect for the dead, or mourning, or even national or international tragedy, the Flag may never under any circumstances be flown at half-mast (i.e. lowering the flag to one half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff).
        4. It shall be prohibited to dip the flag to any person or object by way of a compliment or salute.
        5. If it is flown together with a national flag, the national flag shall be below the lowest level of the name of God on the Flag once hoisted.
        6. Except when conservation of resources or preservation of security is an issue, the Flag shall be properly illuminated at night.
        7. The Flag shall be taken down in inclement weather, meaning anytime when a reasonable man would assume that a flag could be damaged by being outside.
        8. The Flag shall be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously and never be allowed to be profaned in any way, such as by touching it to the ground, to flood water, or to other substances, but shall be folded ceremoniously, with the proscribed prayers.
        9. When the flag is folded, it shall be folded so that the name of God shall not show, but instead remain hidden, as the Ark covered God Himself who resided in it.
        10. If the Flag is damaged in any way, it shall be given a burial befitting a consecrated object.

References

  1. Glossary of vexillology
  2. The Bible Translated by Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel