Epigonation

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[[Image:Epigonation.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Epigonation of Bp. [[Mark (Maymon) of Toledo]], featuring his patron saint, the [[Apostle Mark]].]]
 
[[Image:Epigonation.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Epigonation of Bp. [[Mark (Maymon) of Toledo]], featuring his patron saint, the [[Apostle Mark]].]]
  
The '''epigonation''' (from Greek, "upon the knee") is a stiff, diamond-shaped vestment worn on the right side by [[priest]]s and [[bishop]]s.
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The '''epigonation''' (from Greek, "upon the knee") is a stiff, diamond-shaped vestment worn on the right side by [[priest]]s and [[bishop]]s. The epigonation is awarded to a priest upon his elevation to archpriest. It represents a shield, originating from the thigh shield worn by soldiers during the days of the early church. The epigonation holds a dual meaning. First, it denotes the celebrant as a "soldier" of Christ. Second, it symbolizes the Word of God, fighting the wiles of the enemy. The epigonation is known as the "palitsa" in the Russian tradition.
  
 
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Epigonation of Bp. Mark (Maymon) of Toledo, featuring his patron saint, the Apostle Mark.

The epigonation (from Greek, "upon the knee") is a stiff, diamond-shaped vestment worn on the right side by priests and bishops. The epigonation is awarded to a priest upon his elevation to archpriest. It represents a shield, originating from the thigh shield worn by soldiers during the days of the early church. The epigonation holds a dual meaning. First, it denotes the celebrant as a "soldier" of Christ. Second, it symbolizes the Word of God, fighting the wiles of the enemy. The epigonation is known as the "palitsa" in the Russian tradition.


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