Thursdays at the Sheptytsky: Jan. 11; Public Lecture & Book Launch: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem

Join us for a free public lecture on “Patriarchs, Caliphs, Monks, and Scribes: On the Byzantinization of Jerusalem’s Liturgy” by Daniel Galadza of the University of Vienna, followed by an evening book launch and reception for his new book.

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Location: Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

Windle House, 5 Elmsley Place (next to St. Basil’s Church)

Time: Public Lecture at 4:00pm to 5:00pm;
Time: Book Launch and Reception at 7:30pm to 9:00pm


 4:00pm Public Lecture – “Patriarchs, Caliphs, Monks, and Scribes: On the Byzantinization of Jerusalem’s Liturgy” 

Abstract of Lecture: 

In Late Antique Jerusalem, liturgy was intrinsically connected to processions and holy places, creating a distinctive Eucharistic liturgy, a local calendar of saints, and a particular way of reading Scripture in the lectionary. Despite its influence on all centres of Christendom, Jerusalem’s liturgy eventually underwent a process of “Byzantinization” during the early Medieval period, abandoning local practices and adopting Constantinople’s liturgy. How this occurred has less to do with persecution by caliphs or pressure from patriarchs and imperial policy to propagate the Byzantine Rite abroad, and more with the work of Greek, Georgian, Syrian, and Arab monks and scribes in Jerusalem, Palestine, and Sinai, who selected which elements of liturgical texts were recopied and preserved, and which were to be abandoned, themselves guided by their allegiance to Chalcedonian Orthodoxy and the prestige of Constantinople.

7:30pm Book Launch of Daniel Galadza, Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, xvi + 437pp.

Daniel Galadza is Assistant Professor of the Institute for Historical Theology at the University of Vienna. He has studied at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome and was a junior fellow at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington DC.

His monograph Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem appeared on 14 December 2017 from Oxford University Press.