pas·​to·​pho·​ri·​um | \ ˌpastəˈfōrēəm \
variants: or less commonly pastophorion \ -​ēˌän \
plural pastophoria\ -​ēə \

Definition of pastophorium

: either of the two apartments at the sides of the bema that are found in contemporary Greek churches as well as in early Christian churches

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History and Etymology for pastophorium

Late Latin, apartment of the bearer of the shrine, from Greek pastophorion, from pastophoros bearer of the shrine, from pastos shrine + -phoros -phore

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“Pastophorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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