Pronunciation: (pä"nä-yē'ä), [key]
—pl. -gi•as for 1. Eastern Ch.
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. (l.c.) an encolpion bearing the image of the Virgin Mary.
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