Liturgical Themes in Monumental Church Decoration

Concelebrating Bishops, Church of Saint Panteleimon, Nerezi, FYROM

Date: Oct 12, 2017 Time: 12:45 PM–2:00 PM Location: Hellenic College Holy Cross Building: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room Address: 50 Goddard Ave Brookline, MA 02445-7415

A seminar for Hellenic College Holy Cross students examining liturgically-themed compositions in the context of the performance of the Divine Liturgy and the Byzantine church building. Led by Vasileios Marinis, Yale University.

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This seminar examines liturgically-themed compositions and investigates their origins, meanings, and functions in the context of the performance of the Divine Liturgy and the Byzantine church building. Scenes include the Communion of the Apostles, in which Christ distributes the Eucharistic elements to the disciples, and the Melismos, in which a host of concelebrating, saintly bishops are shown holding scrolls as they prepare to sacrifice an almost–naked Christ laying on a paten. Are these compositions meant to register a heavenly reality that is reflected in the earthly Liturgy? Do they underscore an imitative relationship with the ritual acts of the clergy? Or do they emphasize the ancient and divine origins of the Eucharist?

Seating is limited. The seminar is open to Hellenic College juniors and seniors and Holy Cross students. Registration is required. A short group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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