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Vestments, Liturgical
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[German Version]

Basically, liturgical vestments derive from the festal and official garb of antiquity; as secular fashions changed, they became the distinctive liturgical attire of the clergy and identified their various ranks (Clothing and vestments: II). All clergy wear an alb (sticharion), a full-length garment with sleeves. The stole (stola) serves as a mark of ordination; it is a strip of cloth worn over the left shoulder by deacons (orarion), over both shoulders by priests and bishops (epit…

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Plank, Peter, “Vestments, Liturgical”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08602>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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