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The Epigonation(Greek: επιγονάτιο, "over the knee") or Palitsa (Russian: палица, "club") is an Orthodox vestment worn by all bishops and as an award for priests. It is a stiff, diamond-shaped cloth that hangs on the right side of the body; it is suspended by one corner from a strap drawn over the left shoulder. In the Russian tradition, it is an award for service; in the Greek tradition, it is usually a sign that the priest has a blessing to hear confessions. If a Russian priest has been awarded both the nabedrennik and the palitsa, he shifts the former to the left side. It is considered to symbolise the weapon of the Holy Word or a sword of Christ. Its origin is uncertain; according to some authorities, it was a decorated thigh-shield awarded to officials in the Byzantine Empire, originally military and later civilian. According to others, it was originally a handkerchief,in which case it would correspond to the Western maniple. Hercules fights the Lernaean Hydra with a club A club or cudgel is perhaps the simplest of all melée weapons. ... ... Vestments are liturgical garments and articles associated primarily with the Christian religions, especially the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican Churches. ... A bishop is an ordained member of the Christian clergy who holds a specific position of authority in any of a number of Christian churches. ... Roman Catholic priest A priest or priestess is a holy man or woman who takes an officiating role in worship of any religion, with the distinguishing characteristic of offering sacrifices. ... A blessing (from to bless, Old English bleodsian or bletsian) originally meant sprinkling with blood during the pagan sacrifices, the Blóts (reference: AHD). ... In criminal proceedings, a confession is a document in which a suspect admits having committed a crime. ... The Byzantine Empire is the term conventionally used to describe the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, centered at its capital in Constantinople. ... A maniple can be either: A division of a Roman legion - see maniple (military unit) A garment formerly worn by certain officials in the Roman Catholic Church - see maniple (vestment). ...


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The Epigonation(Greek: επιγονάτιο, "over the knee") or Palitsa (Russian: палица, "club") is an Orthodox vestment worn by all bishops and as an award for priests.
It is a stiff, diamond-shaped cloth that hangs on the right side of the body; it is suspended by one corner from a strap drawn over the left shoulder.
In the Russian tradition, it is an award for service; in the Greek tradition, it is usually a sign that the priest has a blessing to hear confessions.
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