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Byzantine Church in Procession: Stational Liturgy Evidenced at Decapolis Abila

Cheryl Eaton
Administrative Assistant
Mare Institute for Biblical and Archaeological Studies
Covenant Theological Seminary; Lincoln Christian Seminary
cheryl.eaton@covenantseminary.edu

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Abstract

Processional liturgy may help explain the concentration of churches operating simultaneously at Abila of the Decapolis and at other cities and villages in the Byzantine Transjordan. Assembly for worship at different churches on different days and procession from church to church were among liturgical practices that spread from major urban centers to smaller cities across the Byzantine Empire. This essay offers a preliminary examination of evidence that such practices were a factor in the use of five Late Byzantine churches at Abila

 
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