Wearing the sakkos

The sakkos is worn by bishops, (it was originally an imperial vestment worn by Byzantine emperors) and symbolizes the tunic of disgrace worn by Christ during his trial and scourging.
In the official robing ceremony, the bishop continuously blesses with both hands raised in the form of a Cross, symbolizing the crucifixion of Christ. He’s assisted by the deacons who symbolize the dedication and love of the saints, particularly the Mother of God and St. John the Theologian who are also depicted in the icon of the Crucifixion.

This photograph shows Metropolitan Theoklitos of Ierissos wearing his sakkos at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy at the Feast of All the Saints of Vatopaidi.

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