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The '''Orarion''' is the distinguishing vestment of the [[deacon]]. It is a narrow stole, usually four to five inches wide and about ten feet long, made of brocade with seven crosses embroidered or appliquéd along its length, or sometimes embroidered with the words "Holy Holy Holy. " The deacon wears the orarion over his left shoulder with the front portion draped over his left forearm. He will often take this section in his right hand when leading [[litany|litanies]] or drawing attention to a particular liturgical action.
In the Greek traditions, the orarion is longer, and besides hanging down from the front and back, it is wrapped once diagonally under the right arm and over the left shoulder. In Russian practice, only [[protodeacon]]s wear this longer orarion, which is referred to in that context as the "double" orarion.
When preparing for [[Eucharist|Communion]], the deacon will tie the orarion around his waist, bringing the ends up over his shoulders (forming an X-shaped cross in back) and then down in front, tucking them under the section around the waist.
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