30 December 2020

Eastern Rite - Katasarkion

Today is the Feast of St. Anysia, a Christian woman, who was arrested at Thessalonica when she entered the city to attend the meeting of the Faithful and was put to death A.D. 304 in the reign of the Emperor Maximian Galerius.

It is also the Feast of the Venerable Zoticus, a holy priest of Rome who went to Constantinople where he established hospitals and havens of refuge for poor A.D. 344.
The Katasarkion (Gr: κατασάρκιον), also Srachitsa, is the "baptismal garment" of the altar table (holy table) installed at the time of the consecration of a church. The katasarkion symbolizes the shroud in which our Lord, Jesus Christ, was wrapped for burial. It is a cloth, usually woven from pure white linen, that is tied to the altar table with a cord that represents the cord with which our Lord's hands were tied when he stood before the high priests of Israel. The katasarkion is permanently installed on the table and remains as long as the church stands.

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