The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(Greek, epitrachelion) , one of the ceremonial vestments of the priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, worn around the neck; it is a stole sewn from two wide bands that reach the ground and are decorated with crosses.
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