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Answer to Question 54.
The Deaconís Orarion symbolises the wings of angels: that
is why they are often decorated with angels of have written on it the
first verse of the angelic hymn ďHoly, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Sabaoth.
Also the front end which the Deacon holds symbolises the New Testament
and the other end symbolises the Old Testament. During the recital of
the Lordís Prayer the Deacon wraps the Orarion around his back and
brings the two ends to the front. This is done for purely practical
reasons so that with the Orarion tied he can have freedom of movement
during communion without the Orarion just hanging loose which might
cause a mishap.
With love in Christ