Fully-embroidered Orthodox epitaphios (shroud) of the Most Holy Theotokos
Traditional fully-embroidered Orthodox Christian epitaphios (shroud) of the Most Holy Theotokos. Embroidery, velvet/wool.
Gold-metallic, rayons and polyester threads.
Central icon size: 17.3''x26.0'' (44x66 cm); overall size: 35.0''x44.1'' (89x112 cm).
Can be made in two weeks.
Epitaphios of the Theotokos
An Epitaphios of the Theotokos also exists. This too is a richly embroidered cloth icon, but depicting instead the body of the Theotokos lying in state.  This is used on the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on 15 August, known in the West as the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Epitaphios of the Theotokos is used with corresponding hymns of lamentation, placed on a bier,  and carried in procession in the same way as the Epitaphios of Christ, although it is never placed on the Holy Table.
The Rite of the "Burial of the Theotokos" began in Jerusalem, and from there it was carried to Russia, where it was used in the Uspensky (Dormition) cathedral in Moscow. Its use has slowly spread among the Russian Orthodox, though it is not by any means a standard service in all parishes, or even most cathedrals or monasteries. In Jerusalem, the service is chanted during the All-Night Vigil of the Dormition. In some Russian churches and monasteries, it is served on the third day after Dormition.