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date: 22 October 2019


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

An over-tunic reaching to the knees worn in the W. Church at *High Mass by *deacons, and on certain occasions also by bishops. The E. bishop's ‘sakkos’ is almost identical. Perhaps of Dalmatian origin, it became a popular garment among the upper classes in Rome in the 2nd cent. Till the 10th cent. it was invariably white and made of linen or wool; later it was coloured and of silk. It is ornamented with two ... ...

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