Catholic Dictionary




A Eucharistic vestment of the Greek and Armenian rites. It is diamond-shaped, of stiff material, embroidered, and hangs from the waist to below the right knee. Its origin is uncertain but it now symbolizes the spiritual sword of justice. In the Western Church the Pope alone wears it. (Etym. Latin epigonus, successor; from Greek epigonos from epigignesthai, to be born after.)