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The “Hypapante” between East and West

Where
TBD
When
October 28, 2022
09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Liturgical themes and iconography of the Gospel event and feast of the Presentation of Christ Child in the Temple

The feast of the Hypapante celebrates the “Meeting” of the Holy Family with Symeon and Anna in the Temple of Jerusalem, a Gospel episode becoming a liturgical feast. Hypapante was (and is) celebrated on 2 February in the Byzantine and Eastern Christian Churches and was one of the earliest to be introduced into the Christian liturgical calendar. It appeared first in Jerusalem, where it is attested by the late fourth-century pilgrim, Egeria, and in the fifth-century Armenian Lectionary. It was adopted into the Constantinopolitan calendar in the sixth-century and transferred thence to Rome and the rest of Western Christendom. In the Greek church, the feast took the name of Hypapante. In the Latin church, the feast was initially the Birthday of St Symeon, followed by the Purification of Mary, taking the name Candlemas, and finally included Presentation in the Temple of the Christ Child. We should ask, then what changed, besides the name, in the understanding of the episode and feast? Did theological controversies between the seventh and the ninth centuries affect its perception in the medieval period, and how?

In this one-day workshop, speakers will explore the theme of the Hypapante with an interdisciplinary approach which combines theology, liturgical texts, and the visual arts for the purpose of a wide cultural history of the period. This collaborative analysis will help clarify how in this particular instance East and West developed an understanding of the Gospel episode and offer specialists of the medieval Eastern and Western Mediterranean the opportunity to dialogue on the transmission of ideas, beliefs, texts, and artefacts in a period in which the Near East was being transformed by the impact of expanding Islam.

Organizers

Mary B. Cunningham, University of Nottingham

Francesca Dell’Acqua, Università di Salerno, Italy

Fr. Damaskinos Olkinuora, University of Eastern Finland

Speakers

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, The Catholic University of America

Roland Betancourt, University of California, Irvine

Mary B. Cunningham, University of Nottingham

Francesca Dell’Acqua, Università di Salerno, Italy

Erik Z. D. Ellis, Hillsdale College

Fr. Damaskinos Olkinuora, University of Eastern Finland

Natalia Teteriatnikov, Independent Scholar

Warren Woodfin, Queens College, CUNY

Dometios magistros (eleventh/twelfth century). Dumbarton Oaks BZS.1951.31.5.1755.