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Epitaphios of Jovan, the Metropolitan of Skopje, in the treasury of the Hilandar monastery

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Author(s): Radovanović Janko

Journal: Zograf
ISSN 0350-1361

Volume: 2006-2007;
Issue: 31;
Start page: 169;
Date: 2006;
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ABSTRACT
The epitaphios of Jovan, the Metropolitan of Skopje, was created between 1346 and 1348. It is unique for its beauty and iconographic program and, at the same time, it is the oldest of the epitaphia preserved in our country. The epitaphios was worn in the course of Holy Liturgy, during the Great Entrance in the cathedral churches and the major monasteries. Metropolitan Jovan presented the epitaphios as a gift to Christ 'my life-giver.' Depicted on its central field is the Epitaphios Threnos (Lamentation at the Tomb). Added around it, at a later time it seems, are bands representing the fourteen scenes of Great Feasts and the officiating Church Fathers, in embroidery. Holy Liturgy is served by the greatest fathers and teachers of the Church and Metropolitan Jovan.
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