Product Code: V0022 [ 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.
CLEANING AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS >>>
To clean the metallic-brocade components: dry-cleaning only; all embroidered appliques must be removed prior to dry-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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The set of ecclesiastical vestments consists of a sakkos, a small omophorion, a great omophorion, a sticharion (alb), an epitrachelion (stole), a zone (belt-like cincture), cuffs (epimanika), and an epigonation (palitsa). Because all garments are individually handmade, small variations in size, color and pattern should be expected.
This brand new Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Vesture is used during liturgical ceremonies and does serve as a reminder of the beauty and magnificence of our call as Orthodox Christians: to worship God with our whole being-body, mind and soul. 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.
Sakkos (from the Greek: σάκκος, “sackcloth”)
A vestment worn by Orthodox bishops instead of the priest’s phelonion. The bishop wears the sakkos when he celebrates the Divine Liturgy and other services when called out by the rubrics. The garment is a tunic with wide sleeves, and a distinctive pattern of trim. It reaches below the knees and is fastened up the sides with buttons or tied with ribbons. It is similar in form to the western dalmatic, which is similarly derived from Byzantine dress. The sakkos was originally worn by the Emperor as an imperial vestment, symbolizing the tunic of disgrace worn by Christ during his trial and mockery. The sakkos is usually made of a rich brocade fabric and may be intricately embroidered. There is normally a cross centered on the back, which the bishop kisses before it is placed on him. Buttons or loops are sewn on the back, by which the bishop's omophorion (either great or small) may be attached. Traditionally, bells are attached to the sakkos, following the biblical directions for the vestments of the Jewish High Priest (Exodus 28:33-34; 39:25-26)
Great omophorion (pall)
Of all episcopal vestments, this is considered to be the most important. It is a long band of cloth adorned with crosses and it is wrapped around the shoulders of the bishop over the sakkos so that one end falls in front and the other behind.
It is worn simply around the neck and hanging in two pendants on the chest is properly worn in place of the large one after the gospel at the Liturgy. The omophorion signifies the bishop's authority and typifies the wandering sheep that the Good Shepherd takes upon his shoulders and carries to his Father.
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).
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.