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Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology

Priestly Vestments

 

* The distinctive dress worn by the clergy when performing the liturgy.

1- Amice (Taylasan): It was originally a hood covering the head and neck, and we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. It symbolizes the helmet of salvation resembling the soldier's helmet as a sign of his spiritual vigilance during prayer. It looks like a crown which priests wear while celebrating the liturgy of the Eucharist.

2- Dalmatic, sticharion* or Alb (Tuniah): A long white linen on the front, back and borders. It refers to the angel's purity.

3- Girdle.

4- Epitrachelion.

5- Stole

a. Deacon's stole.

b. Priest's stole (Patrashil).

6- Armlets sleeves*.

7- Phelonion or Supervestment (Bornos).

8- Crown (Priestly Cap).

9- Crozier or staff of pastoral authority (Bronze Cross).

10- Pectoral Cross

11- Bendictional Cross.

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