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Borrowed from Byzantine Greek ἐπιμανίκιον (epimaníkion), from ἐπί (epí, upon) + μανίκιον (maníkion, sleeve).


epimanikion (plural epimanikia)

  1. A cuff worn over the sticharion by clergy in the Greek Orthodox Church, corresponding to a maniple in other Catholic churches.
    • 1972, Robert Silverberg, “Thomas the Proclaimer”, in Sailing to Byzantium, Agberg Ltd., published September 2000, page 232:
      a little band of marchers displays Greek Orthodox outfits, the rhason and sticharion, the epitrachelion and the epimanikia, the sakkos, the epigonation, the zone, the omophorion; they brandish icons and enkolpia, dikerotikera and dikanikion.
    • 1998, “Church Embroidery”, in Hellenic Ministry of Culture[1], archived from the original on 7 February 2005:
      Embroidered on each epimanikion (maniple) are four scenes from the Dodekaorton. On the first epimanikion the Annunciation and the Nativity, proclaiming the humanity of God made man, the Baptism and the Transfiguration, proclaiming his divinity; on the second the Crucifixion and the Anastasis, signifying the redemption of mankind through the sacrifice of God, the Ascension and the Pentecost, symbols of the Church. Each epimanikion is divided vertically into three parts, the central one being halved horizontally in order to accommodate the four scenes, []
    • 1998, Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 98 Multimedia Edition:
      The cuffs, or epimanikia, which fit over the sticharion, bear little or no resemblance to the maniple.
    • 2005, “Epimanikia”, in Orthodox Wiki[2], archived from the original on 23 February 2005:
      Epimanikia (singular epimanikion) are liturgical vestments. They are fabric cuffs, usually brocade, that lace onto the wrists of a bishop, priest, []

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