Product Code: V0031 [ custom-made ]
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Each order is custom-tailored to your set of individual measurements. To submit your measurements online, please visit the Liturgix measurement diagram.
Because there are variety of local styles and customer preferences regarding the length of priestly phelonion and epitrachelion, please specify your preferable dimensions using the phelonion diagram and epitrachelion diagram.
(Note: You are welcome to measure your current vestments that you are satisfied with. All requested dimensions are optional and if not provided your phelonion and epitrachelion will be completed in traditional lengths for the height provided.)
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To clean the metallic-brocade components: dry-cleaning recommended; all embroidered appliques must be removed prior to cleaning.
To clean the sticharion: wash at low temperatures; use soft detergents; do not bleach.
To dry the sticharion: either tumble-dry, or turn inside-out and hang inside a closet; do NOT expose to direct sunlight while drying.
To iron the sticharion: Iron occasionally and at low temperatures.
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This Eastern Orthodox Greek-style liturgical vesture consists of a phelonion, a sticharion (alb), an epitrachelion (stole), a zone (belt-like cincture), cuffs (epimanika), and an epigonation (palitsa). Because all garments are individually hand-tailored, small variations in design, color and pattern should be expected.
In the Orthodox Church, any member of the clergy of whatever rank, will be vested when serving his particular function during the Divine Liturgy or other service. Eastern Catholics use identical vestments as their Orthodox counterparts. As in the Latin-rite Catholic Church, the use of vestments is rooted in the early history of the church. The various vestments serve several different functions. The three forms of stole (Orarion, Epitrachelion, and Omophorion) are marks of rank. The three outer garments (Sticharion, Phelonion, and Sakkos) serve to distinguish the clergy from the laity. Some are practical (Zone and Epimanikia), holding the other vestments in place. Some (Nabedrennik and Epigonation) are awards of distinction.
In addition to these functions, most vestments carry a symbolic meaning as well. These symbolic meanings are often indicated by the prayer that the priest says as he puts each item on. These prayers are verses taken directly from the Old Testament, usually the Psalms.
Sticharion (Greek στιχάριον)
Actually a form of the garment worn at baptism, this is the one vestment worn by all clergy. It is also used by non-ordained persons carrying out a liturgical function, such as altar servers. For priests and bishops, it is made of lightweight material, usually white. It corresponds most closely with the Western alb (see above).
Epitrachelion (Greek ἐπιτραχήλιον, "over the neck")
This stole is worn by priests and bishops as the symbol of their priesthood. It is worn around the neck with the two adjacent sides sewn or buttoned together, leaving enough space through which to place the head. It corresponds to the Western stole (see above).
Epimanikia (Greek ἐπιμανίκια)
Cuffs bound with laces. The deacon wears them beneath the sticharion, priests and bishops above. They are not used by any lower rank.
Zone (Greek ζώνη)
Cloth belt worn by priests and bishops over the epitrachelion. Corresponds to the Western cincture (see above).
Phelonion (Greek φαιλόνιον or φελόνιον)
Large conical sleeveless garment worn by priests over all other vestments, with the front largely cut away to free the hands. Byzantine rite Bishops may also wear the phelonion when not serving according to hierarchical rubrics. Corresponds to the Western chasuble (see above).
Epigonation/Palitsa (Greek ἐπιγονάτιον "over the knee"; Slavonic палица, "club")
A stiff diamond-shaped cloth that hangs on the right side of the body; it is suspended by one corner from a strap drawn over the left shoulder. It is worn by all bishops and as an award for priests.
A nabedrennik (набедренникъ -- "That which is upon the thigh," a thigh shield) is a vestment worn by priests in the Russian tradition, who have been awarded the right to wear it. It is a square or rectangular cloth worn at the right hip, suspended from a strap attached to the two upper corners of the vestment and drawn over the left shoulder.
The nabedrennik is worn only in the Russian tradition by bishops and those priests to whom it has been awarded by their bishop. It is never worn in the Greek tradition. The award is given "for long and dedicated service" to the Church.
The rectangular shape of the nabedrennik differs from the epigonation, which is diamond shaped. Both are believed to derive from the ancient knee guards which shielded the legs of warriors from being bruised by their swords. The Byzantine emperors used to award swords to their commanders and nobles; in the same way the Church awards priests who defend the faith. If the epigonation (Russian: палица, palitsa) is also awarded to the same priest, he wears both but shifts the nabedrennik to the left side.