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The Exapteriga (Slavonic: rapidia) is circular fan with a representation of a six-winged angel, that according to Isaiah's vision of God surround the throne of God in Heaven, engraved on it. Two fans are found in most Orthodox churches placed on either side of the tabernacle. The fans are reminders that these same angels surround the throne of God on earth — the Holy Altar.

During the Divine Liturgy the exapteriga are used to accompany the Holy Gifts during the Great Entrance.

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