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From Byzantine Greek ὠμοφόριον ‎(ōmophórion), from Ancient Greek ὦμος ‎(ômos, shoulder) + φέρω ‎(phérō, carry).


omophorion ‎(plural omophorions or omophoria)

  1. In the Eastern Orthodox liturgical tradition, the distinguishing vestment of a bishop and the symbol of his spiritual and ecclesiastical authority. Originally of wool, it is a band of brocade decorated with crosses and is worn about the neck and around the shoulders.
    • 1972 ";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. Robert Silverberg:Thomas the Proclaimer: Agberg Ltd. This edition in 'Sailing to Byzantium' September 2000 ibooks inc. P232.
    • The bishop wears an omophorion, whose shape and manner of wearing are closer to the original pallium than either the stole or the epitrachelion. Copyright 1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 98 Multimedia Edition
    • Although the~ bishop also wears - an epitrachelion, his distinctive sign of office is the omophorion-a long, broad strip arranged on the shoulders in such a way that one end descends in front and the other behind. The word 'omophorion' means "shoulder covering" and originally referred to a piece of sheepskin worn over the shoulders by the aged and in firm for warmth. [1]


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