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Offline BasilCan

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Deconsecration
« on: June 13, 2012, 01:34:16 PM »
Is there an Orthodox service of deconsecration for churches that are to be closed or converted into other purposes like the Catholics and Anglicans/Episcopalians do?

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Re: Deconsecration
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 05:35:56 PM »
Is there an Orthodox service of deconsecration for churches that are to be closed or converted into other purposes like the Catholics and Anglicans/Episcopalians do?

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I haven't seen one, but there are a lot of obscure services. In such cases, the holy things would be removed. But, churches that are consecrated are meant to last as Orthodox churches to the end of the world--IIRC from the services. There are services for re-consecration after the holy place has been defiled by godless barbarians or blood-crazed infidels, for example.
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Re: Deconsecration
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2012, 07:03:43 PM »
About 15 years ago, a church in the city where I live found itself in the middle of a major land redevelopment proposal. The land was acquired, and the church was forced to relocate (the parish was well-compensated for their trouble, thank goodness). There was a deconsecration service before the church was demolished. Fixtures such as the iconostasis and windows (simple stained-glass) were removed from the old church and installed in the new one, built several suburbs away. Most importantly, the holy relic embedded in the altar table was retrieved, and incorporated into the new altar.
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Re: Deconsecration
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012, 11:02:03 PM »
About 15 years ago, a church in the city where I live found itself in the middle of a major land redevelopment proposal. The land was acquired, and the church was forced to relocate (the parish was well-compensated for their trouble, thank goodness). There was a deconsecration service before the church was demolished. Fixtures such as the iconostasis and windows (simple stained-glass) were removed from the old church and installed in the new one, built several suburbs away. Most importantly, the holy relic embedded in the altar table was retrieved, and incorporated into the new altar.
:o That's terrible! I read this and just...really?  :(
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Re: Deconsecration
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2012, 11:08:51 PM »
:o That's terrible! I read this and just...really?  :(

There's an old saying: you can't fight city hall land redevelopment proposals.
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Re: Deconsecration
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2012, 11:30:08 PM »
:o That's terrible! I read this and just...really?  :(

There's an old saying: you can't fight city hall land redevelopment proposals.
  :(
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