Repsher, Brian Books

Rite of Church Dedication in the Early Medieval Era
1998 0-7734-2231-5
This study moves beyond the dedication of the building per se to show the intent of the rite: the creation of an assembly or convocation of believers who share a sacred history and common responsibilities to God and to the church universal. It illustrates this by drawing parallels between the ninth-century dedication rite and the rite of Christian Initiation to show that the building and the assembly were literally baptized and blessed. Includes English translations of Ordo ad benedicandam ecclesiam and Quid significent duodecim candelae.