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Byzantine Liturgy
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The formation of early Christian liturgy has been a subject shrouded in mystery since the earliest times. Not an area of controversy historically, the formative development of the Christian liturgy is not a field that has been assiduously recorded and argued over – as was clearly the case with the church’s doctrinal tradition and the unfolding of many other aspects of its polity. The Christian church’s collective memory has always tended to presume that its liturgical customs were venerably imme…

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McGuckin, John A., “Byzantine Liturgy”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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