[[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.
In the Byzantine tradition, the epigonation is awarded to a priest upon his elevation to ''exomologos'' (confessor) or the rank of οικονόμος. In the Russian tradition, it is an award given after many years of service.
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.