New Liturgical Movement: The Synaxis of Ss Joachim and Anne

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In the Byzantine Rite, the term “synaxis” (“σύναξις” in Greek, “собóръ – sobor” in Church Slavonic) refers to a special kind of commemoration held the day after a major feast. This commemoration honors a sacred person who figures prominently in the feast, but who is, so to speak, overshadowed by its principal subject. The most prominent example is the feast of the Holy Spirit, which is kept on the Monday after Pentecost, since Pentecost itself is the feast of the Holy Trinity. (Incidentally, the Byzantine All Saints’ Day is the following Sunday.) Likewise, the Synaxis of the Virgin Mary is kept the day after Christmas, that of St John the Baptist on January 7th, the day after the Baptism of the Lord, and that of St Gabriel the day after the Annunciation. These are not the principal feasts of the persons honored by these “synaxes”, and one also finds on the Byzantine liturgical calendar the other major feasts of the Virgin (Conception, Nativity, Assumption etc.) feasts of St John on Sept. 23 (his conception), June 24 and August 29, and that of St Gabriel on June 11.

New Liturgical Movement: The Synaxis of Ss Joachim and Anne

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