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(Gk) is a large cloth, embroidered with the burial of Christ, as an icon. In the Orthdox Good Friday vespers, the epitaphios is displayed for veneration in the middle of the church on a table, a symbolic grave decorated with flowers. In the evening service of mourning, it is borne around the church in a procession and in some places also through the streets. During the Easter season, it lies on the altar. The antimension that holds the eucharistic gifts for consecration also bears the motif of the burial of Christ and is related to the epitaphios. An epitaphio…

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Petzolt, Martin, “Epitaphios”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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