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#1 Warren Bensinger

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 10:29 PM

Could someone tell me the Spiritual meaning of Byzantine time?


I understand what it is and how it is figured (sunset over Mt. Athos) but what is the Spiritual meaning?



#2 Niko Barounis

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:31 AM

no anwers, so i take a shot.

I think its more symbolisim than spiritual. symbolizing the monks unchanging mindset. like not caring about the world and what has changed around them and just concentrating on God. I think its also indicative of there reluctance to change, what Orthodoxy is knowne for.

if im competly off and someone knows the answer, id like to know!

#3 Ben Johnson

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:17 AM

Does it have to do with the time in Istanbul (Constantinople), since His all Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch is there?

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 01:44 AM

Its calculated to about the time of creation. New Year starts on Sept 1 which is the start of the litirgical cycle.

#5 Ilya Zhitomirskiy

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 05:08 PM

Byzantine Time is related to the solar day and is divided into day and night phases. It also starts in the evening, like the liturgical calendar does. Therefore, the new day does not start at 0:00 hours, but after Vespers. The time of the services will be different in summer and in winter because of the seasonal shift. 

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