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Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption$
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Stephen J. Shoemaker

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250758.001.0001

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The Ancient Palestinian Cult of the Virgin and the Early Dormition Traditions

The Ancient Palestinian Cult of the Virgin and the Early Dormition Traditions

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(p.78) 2 The Ancient Palestinian Cult of the Virgin and the Early Dormition Traditions
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Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption
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DOI:10.1093/0199250758.003.0003

The earliest centre of Marian cult in Palestine appears to have been an early Nativity shrine known as the Kathisma church, which by the early fifth century had become a focus of Marian piety. Not long thereafter, the traditional site of Mary's tomb just outside the Jerusalem city walls emerged as a second important centre of Mary's veneration. In the early sixth century, a third Marian shrine was added to the Holy City, the Nea church, completed during the emperor Justinian's reign. The earliest feast of Mary in Palestine was 15 August, initially a celebration of Mary's role in the Nativity that eventually developed into a commemoration of her Dormition and/or Assumption. By the seventh century, this festival had expanded to encompass several days in mid‐August, in a stational liturgy that linked together all three of Jerusalem's Marian shrines.

Keywords:   15 August, Jerusalem, Kathisma Church, Mary's Tomb, Nativity, Palestine, stational liturgy, The Nea Church

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