Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Gr. Ch., the deacon's stole, as distinguished from the epitrachelion or priest's stole. It is worn over the left shoulder, and is somewhat wider than the Western stole.
“The distinctive insignia of the patriarch are the masnaftô (a form of head-dress), the phainô (a kind of cape or cope), the orarion (a kind of pallium), the tiara, or mitre (other bishops wear only the orarion and the mitre), the pastoral staff surmounted with a cross, and, in the Latin fashion, the pastoral ring and the pectoral cross.”
“The omophorion and orarion were the first to receive symbolical interpretation, which was given by Isidore of”
“It is even possible, though not demonstrated, that, as early as the close of the pre-Constantinian period, liturgical insignia came into use among the bishops and deacons, as the orarion, or stole, and the omophorion or pallium.”
“Long prayers follow, with allusions to St. Stephen and the diaconate; the bishop vests the new deacon, giving him an orarion and a ripidion.”
“The deacon unwinds his orarion, goes back to the choir before the ikonostasis, and says a short litany again with the choir.”
“Gospel on it and the deacon holding up his orarion says: It is time to sacrifice to the Lord.”
“A very common abuse (among Melkites too) is for other servers to wear the orarion.”
“His stole is called an orarion; it is pinned to the left shoulder and hangs straight down, except that he winds it around his body and over the right shoulder at the Communion.”
“It is certain, however, that in both East and West a stole, or orarium (orarion) which seems to have been in substance identical with what we now understand by the term, has been from an early period the distinctive attire of the deacon.”
“Sub-deacon Abraham Thomas [center: red orarion] serves the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.”
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