The Fringe Element
Fringe (tzitzit) is abundant in the Orthodox church. From Mary’s outer robe to our priest’s vestments, fringe has a subtle but important role in the church.The Torah states in Numbers 15:38: "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, that they shall make themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and they shall put on the corner fringe a blue (tekhelet) thread. ….so that you may remember and fulfill all My commandments and be holy to your God...”
Wearing the tzitzit is also commanded in Deuteronomy 22:12, which says: "You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself."
Originally a Jewish tradition, the fringe on Orthodox garments serves the same purpose of long ago.