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]].]]
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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.
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In the Byzantine tradition, the epigonation is awarded to a priest upon his elevation to ''exomologoumenos'' (confessor).  In the Russian tradition, it is an award given after many years of service.
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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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[[Category:Liturgics]]
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[[Category:Vestments]]
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[[el:Επιγονάτιο]]
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[[es:Epigonation]]
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