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A Priest is to perform all liturgical services, except liturgy, in cassock and riassa, on top of which special liturgical garments are needed. When serving a liturgy, and in other cases, when according to the Typikon, a Priest must be in full liturgical vestments, the riassa is taken off, and the alb is worn over cassock, with other garments. The Priest's Robe (Alb) has close sleeves. His Stole (Epitrahilion) consists of a long piece of stuff like the Deacon's, but broader than the latter, which passes round his neck, is joined in front for its entire length, and falls low upon his robe. It typifies the consecrating grace of the priesthood. The Priest, like the Deacon can celebrate no Office without his Stole. The Girdle is sort of belt wherewith the priest girds himself above his robe and stole, for convenience in serving the altar. It is symbolical of the gift of strength, wherewith God aids him in his service, and exhorts him to blamelessness of life. His Cuffs typify the bonds wherewith the hands of our Lord were bound. The Epigonation is an oblong piece of brocade, which is suspended upon the hip of a Priest, and signifies the spiritual sword, which is the Word of God. The distinguishing vestment of the Priest is the Chasuble (Phelonion), a long, ample garment without sleeves, short in front and with an opening for the head, which is put on over the other vestments. Priests also receive, as tokens of distinguished service, the pointed and the upright Biretta ( Skuphia and/or Kamilavka).

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