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Antimension
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[German Version]

is, in the Byzantine tradition since the 13th century, an altar cloth consecrated by a bishop and with relics sown to it, necessary for the performance of the divine liturgy, on which is placed the chalice and the paten. It can also represent the altar (III) and make it possible to perform the liturgy in any suitable place. Previously, from the 7th century, it was the designation in the Christian East for the portable wooden altar (Greco-Lat.: anti-mensa, “instead of the altar table”).

Bibliography

I.M. Izzo, The Antimension in the Liturgical and Canonical…

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Ohme, Heinz, “Antimension”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00805>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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