Definitions

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  • n. A congregation.
  • n. The Lord's Supper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A congregation; also, formerly, the Lord's Supper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the early church, an assembly for public worship, especially for the eucharist; hence, public worship, especially the celebration of the eucharist.

Etymologies

Latin, from Ancient Greek from to bring together. See synagogue. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The ancient Roman rite knew nothing — properly speaking — of our modern Vespers, for, apart from the daily psalmodic cursus of the monastic choirs, the festival evening Office in its original conception was only the anticipation or extension of the vigiliary synaxis — an Office, that is, in preparation for the feast.

    The Station at St Paul

  • Here again the icon serves to limn the artifice of time, drawing to this one still point a broad synaxis of the blessed, including some whose souls unbodied have preceded her to Paradise.

    Scott Cairns: The Dormition of the Mother of God

  • Saturday - the synaxis of the birthday, if you will - was spent reconnoitering the Los Angeles Jewelry Mart.

    29 December -- St Thomas of Canterbury

  • What was the difference between the synaxis and the mass?

    Voltaire

  • He sought in what time precisely the creed attributed to the apostles was digested, and that which bears the name of Athanasius; how the sacraments were instituted one after the other; what was the difference between synaxis and mass; how the Christian Church was divided since its origin into different parties, and how the predominating society treated all the others as heretics.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • But the Eucharistic synaxis soon entailed other prayers; the custom of going to the Temple disappeared; and the abuses of the Judaizing party forced the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Not improbably St. Paul's injunction was so interpreted that any synaxis of the faithful where there was reading of the Scriptures terminated in a salute of this kind, and it is even possible that the appearance of the kiss in certain liturgies at the Mass of Catechumens is due to the same cause.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • The word collecta corresponds to the Greek synaxis.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Synaxis (synaxis from synago) means gathering, assembly, reunion.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Arcadius; there the synaxis of the archangel was celebrated 8

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

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