Byzantine rite

The hymnody composed within the Byzantine rite is essentially a continuation of Hagiopolite hymnody (Rite of Jerusalem*), but the liturgical framework is no longer the Palestinian rite but the new rite resulting from the fusion of the Palestinian and the Constantinopolitan rites. This fusion, whose result is usually called the ‘Byzantine rite’, took place from the 7th century onwards in the patriarchate of Constantinople, thereafter spreading to other regions, for instance Southern Italy (7th-8th century) and even Palestine itself (10th century). The Byzantine liturgical synthesis assumed the following elements from each of the two contributing traditions: from Jerusalem: Horologion,...

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