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Patrocinia
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Latin patrocinium denotes a proprietary relationship, usually established by consecration, and the consequent protective function of a patron (usually a saint) with respect to a church or altar, a country, a city or bishopric, a group (social class, noble family, profession, guild, confraternity, university, monastery, religious congregation, or the like), or an individual. In return for protection, the patron is honored by the faithful in a wide variety of liturgical and paraliturgical forms.

The ancient Roman term patronus first appears as a term for a …

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Patrocinia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124308>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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