Today is the Feast of Our Venerable Father amongst the Saints, Alypius, Stylite, who remained on his lofty perch for 53 years and attained the age of 118, A.D. 608, and of the Dedication of the Church of St. George in Kyiv.
Engolpion is a general term for something worn upon the bosom. As a bishop's vestment, it refers to a medallion with an icon in the center. It is often referred to as a Panagia because the All-holy Theotokos is the subject of its icon.
All primates and some bishops below the rank of primate have the dignity of a second engolpion, which usually depicts Christ.
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