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Apodosis of feasts
« on: June 15, 2010, 07:28:46 PM »
I've been reading John McGuckin's book, St. Cyril of Alexandria and the Christology Controversy.  I haven't eve made it out of chapter 1 yet but he has finally narrated the story to the actual coming together of the council and said that one reason the Syrian delegation was unable to be present at Ephesus for the opening proceedings (and much of the debate following) was due to their geographic location and that the bishops and their entourage would need 30 days to arrive (which they grossly underestimated).  But they did not set out immediately following Pascha of that year since they observed the Apodosis or leave-taking for 8 days.  The way McGuckin seems to frame this is that the Syrians were the only ones who observed apodoses or leave-takings of feasts at the time.  Questions:  Were apodoses of feasts added later?  Were such observances uniquely Syrian which became part of the Byzantine Festal Calendar?  Thanks.

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Re: Apodosis of feasts
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 09:57:39 AM »
I can't answer the question directly but am able to add that the western rites also have an afterfeast with an equivalent to the leave-taking.  It is known as the octave (as it usually, but not always, lasts for eight days).  If it spread to the Byzantine rite from the Syriac tradition then it also made its way further west.
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Re: Apodosis of feasts
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010, 10:00:11 PM »
^Thanks, Subdeacon.  The thing that struck me was that the leave-taking was set at 8 days.  For most feasts, excepting Pascha, of course, and Presentation of our Lord, the leave-taking is usually set at 7 days where as for the two I mentioned it is 40 days and variable depending on how close we are to Triodion.  So, why was 8 the standard for the Syrians?  And was there no apodosis in the other Byzantine churches?  THe Syrians obviously had much further to go to get to Ephesus than many other delegations but those delegations seemed to bypass any leave-taking and head right to Ephesus.