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Source: Archaeology in Bulgaria BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS SHOW LEAD CROSS RELIQUARY FOUND IN MEDIEVAL CITY MISSIONIS (KRUM’S FORTRESS) by Ivan Dikov A lead cross, which is also a reliquary, found during the excavations of the Early Byzantine and medieval Bulgarian city of Missionis, also known as Krum’s Fortress, whose ruins are located near today’s northeastern city of Targovishte, has been presented to the public for the first time byBulgarian archaeologists. “This is an absolutely unique item. Personally, I have never seen lead crosses that are also reliquaries. I have seen lead icons which are used as reliquaries but lead crosses – never,”…

Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Why Vestments? An Introduction to Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World by Warren T. Woodfin, Kallinikeion Assistant Professor of Art History, Queens College, City University of New York The exhibition Liturgical Textiles of the Post-Byzantine World, now on view through November 1, 2015, presents a selection of notable liturgical vestments that communicate the continuing prestige of the Orthodox Church and its clergy in the centuries following the fifteenth-century fall of Byzantine Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. From a strictly theological viewpoint, vestments are hardly a necessity for Christian worship. Liturgical scholars are largely in agreement…