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[German Version]

(Gk) is a cloth on the altar on which plate and chalice are placed in the Orthodox liturgy for consecration. It is understood as a symbol of Christ's burial. The antimension was also originally an eileton with relics and a portrayal of the burial sewn in for use in celebrations of the Eucharist on unconsecrated altars. Today the eileton is used as a cover for the antimension.


S. Heitz, Mysterium der Anbetung, 1986, 359

A. Kallis, Liturgie, 1989, 88, 90, 251.

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Petzolt, Martin, “Eileton”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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