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The Holy Altar Articles in an Orthodox Church

Liturgical objects found on or near the Holy Altar of an Orthodox Church
Altar Cloths or Ependytes
A piece of cloth received from the Ecumenical Patriarch on which Christ’s Burial is depicted. Antimension means “in place of a table.” The Divine Liturgy is always celebrated on the Antimension. The Antimension is consecrated during the Consecration of the Church along with the Church and the Holy Altar. The Hierarch inscribes the Antimension with the name of the church for which it has been consecrated, signs it and stamps it with his official seal. During the Consecration of a Church many Antimensia are consecrated and later distributed to churches under the Hierarch’s jurisdiction.

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