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noun, plural Pa·na·gi·as for 1. Eastern Church.
  1. a ceremony in a monastery, commemorating the assumption of the Virgin Mary, in which a loaf of bread on a plate is elevated before being distributed to the monks.
  2. (lowercase) an encolpion bearing the image of the Virgin Mary.
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Origin of Panagia

1680–90; < Late Greek Panágia the Virgin, feminine of Greek panágios all-holy, equivalent to pan- pan- + hágios holy
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Historical Examples of panagia

  • Whatever the form, it were not becoming to stand between the Panagia and the enemy.

    The Prince of India, Volume II

    Lew. Wallace

  • The retirement of the hordes at sight of the Panagia on the wall was by Mahommed's order.

  • Even the very timid took heart, and went about thanking God and the Panagia Blachernitissa.

  • At the foot of the steps the singers turned aside to allow the Panagia to go first.

  • The panagia or pyx worn by a bishop, or higher prelate, is often an exquisite piece of jewelry.