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The word "Qashisha" as a title of members of Nazarani clergy in China during the 7th Century A.D., carved into the replica of the Chang'an Stone made by Elizabeth Gordon, which is now on Mount Koya, Japan. Photograph by Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel.


Holy One



This refers to the "righteous ones" of God, and is the title which was used by Nazarani instead of "Father" or "Priest".[1] While Christians follow the Hellenized form and refer to their clergy as “Father”, Nazarani instead use the biblical title, קשישא in reference to their clergy. That is because the righteous are not to call anyone on Earth "Father".[2]

In Other Languages

    • Syriac: ܩܫܝܫܐ


  1. Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 522
  2. See: Matthew 23:9