Museums & Collections > Liturgical Vestments

The Sceuophylakion in the monastery, that is to say one of the rooms in its museum, is home to tens of magnificent gold-embroidered vestments and liturgical cloths, as well as cloths for everyday use.

A significant number of the gold-embroidered vestments in the monastery are the work of nuns at Panaghia Myrsiniotissa, the convent founded by Saint Ignatios Agallianos at almost the same time as Leimonos Monastery.

According to the terms of Saint’s Ignatios will, the monks at Leimonos Monastery had to supply the nuns at Myrsiniotissa with the provisions -mainly agricultural produce - that they needed to live on, and support them financially, setting aside part of the income coming from the management of the monastery’s estate for this. The nuns, who were renowned for the quality of their handicrafts (a school for girls – one that must have placed particular emphasis on home handicrafts - having functioned within its grounds since the 16th century), made sacred vestments and other garments for the monks in return.

The nuns did not usually put their names on their work. Two of the few garments that can be said with any certainty to have been made at Myrsiniotissa are deacons’ vestments from the 18th century, both embroidered with words telling us that they are the work of the nun Theodosia.

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