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Consecration
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1. Consecrations are rites of initiation that fundamentally alter the religious and/or social status of a person or that bestow a special dignity on a person’s surroundings. Whereas secular understanding views consecrations as ceremonies of acceptance or maturity (e.g., youth dedications), in religious communities this concept, which even in pre-Christian times occupied a central position, refers to liturgical services that place persons, things, or locales into a special relationship with the holy. The various understandings of church office (Offices, Ecclesiastical) and…

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Drössler, Bernd T., “Consecration”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1205>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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