School of Aleppo, St. Stephen

Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome

As in most Eastern images, Stephen is shown with a censer and book, and not stones. The censer and book refer to two of the deacon's functions during the sacred liturgy. The long, loose vestment is called a sticharion in the East, similar to the Roman dalmatic. The long band of cloth is an orarion, the symbol of an Eastern deacon's office.

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Source: Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.