I visited the “Aid to the Church In Need” website and later started browsing their online gift shop when I came across the “Paraman” medallions. I have never heard of this before so I would greatly appreciate it if someone could enlighten me as to the history and significance of the “Paraman”.
The link below is to the page of the Aid to the Church in need online store where I came across the Paraman and it gives a brief description of it.
<<<**Holy leather medallions hand made by Studite monks in Ukraine to support their community.
The word paraman originally and strictly referred to a monastic “scapular” in the Byzantine Church. It was rectangular and made of cloth and only worn by monks. The sole motive on the paramans was a depiction of the cross.
The paraman pictured is a modern version of the old type of monastic scapular where the motives are more varied (Jesus, Mary, the Cross) and they are "pressed’ into the leather**.>>>
Thanks and God bless.