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“Acoemetae,” meaning “those who do not sleep,” designates certain monks in and around Constantinople who, divided into two choirs and using various languages (Greek, Latin, and Syriac), sang God’s praises without ceasing. Long before the Benedictines, they observed the seven hours of prayer. Their founder was Alexander (d. ca. 430), who began his work in Mesopotamia and Antioch and who in 426 was driven out of Constantinople on account of Messalianism. In 428 the group founded the monastery of Gomon, then Irenaeon. The history of the famous Studios …

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Staats, Reinhart, “Acoemetae”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A46>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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