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The '''Antimension''', (from the Greek: "instead of the table"; in Slavonic: '''Antimins'''), is among the most important furnishings of the [[altar]] in Orthodox Christian liturgical traditions. It is a rectangular piece of cloth, of either linen or silk, typically decorated with representations of the entombment of [[Jesus Christ|Christ]], the four [[Evangelist]]s, and scriptural passages related to the [[Eucharist]]. A small [[relics|relic]] of a [[martyr]] is sewn into it. The [[Eucharist]] cannot be celebrated without an antimension.