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Synaxarion
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From the word synagō, “collect,” the synaxarion is a collection for the church year of short lives and notices of the saints5.1) that, in the Eastern churches, can be used either in public worship or privately (Orthodox Christianity; Orthodox Church). From the 9th century onward, the literary genus of the synaxarion has merged into that of church calendars and martyrologies (Martyrs; Martyrs, Acts of the). There are examples in Byzantium and Italy and Greece, and also in the Near East, though usually in translation from the Greek.

Modern Greek usage has added the texts to the liturgical …

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Plank, Peter, “Synaxarion”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.114>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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