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The outer clerical garb worn by clergy in the Greek Orthodox Church, corresponding to the alb in catholic churches.
The is a long, full sleeved tunic that reaches the ankles. Since no other vestment is worn over the deacon's , it is usually made of the same vestment material as the priest's phelonion. The garment is symbolic of a pure and tranquil conscience, a spotless life, and the spiritual joy in the Lord in him who wears it.
The , which is held by the zone, or girdle, corresponds to the alb.
Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 98 Multimedia Edition
";a little band of marchers displays Greek Orthodox outfits, the rhason and , the epitrachelion and the epimanikia, the sakkos, the epigonation, the zone, the omophorion; they brandish icons and enkolpia, dikerotikera and dikanikion.
Robert Silverberg:Thomas the Proclaimer: Agberg Ltd. This edition in 'Sailing to Byzantium' September 2000 ibooks inc. P232.
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