The order and function of the clergy are expressed in liturgical vestments.
The Priest wears:
The stikharion is a white robe, which symbolizes the priest as the representative of each member of the faithful. It is like the white robe of baptism, the robe of the new creation and the new life in Christ.
The epitrakhilion is the stole that covers the neck and shoulders. It is the sign of the priestly and pastoral function in the body of Christ.
The epimanikia are the cuffs that are the sign that the priest’s hands are the hands of Christ.
The belt is the sign of obedience. Christ has chosen the priest to be His representative. The priest has no power of his own. He acts in Christ’s name.
The phelonion is the outer cape that covers the whole person.
To these basic vestments the bishop adds:
The omophoriaon is the large stole that is the symbol of his role as head of the Church.
The basic vestments of the deacon include the stikharion, the epimanikia, and …
The orarion is the narrow stole that is raised as an invitation to the people to participate in the worship of God.