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During the consecration of a church, a cord will be placed around the altar table. This cord, tying the white linen cloth covering the altar table, represents the cord with which our Lord's hands were tied as He stood before the high priests.
A diagram showing the order of placement for the cord (cording)

You may find this process laid out in text from the Great Book of Needs.

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  • Russian Orthodox Church. The Great Book of Needs: Expanded and Supplemented. 4 vols. Vol. II, South Canaan, Pa.: St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, 1998.

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