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Panagia
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Panagia, Greek Παναγία, “All-holy,” a title and attribute of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. In Orthodox liturgical usage, Mary is addressed by a title (e.g. Theotokos, Our Lady; Mary, Veneration of: II) instead of by name, with the adjective All-holy generally added. The commonest form is Panagia Theotokos. In the course of time, the adjective came to be used independently as both a title and a personal name. The male Greek forename Panagiotis is a derivative. The use of the prefix pan to express the superlative of the adjective is still in everyday use; Panagia is used …

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Petzolt, Martin, “Panagia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124250>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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