“Making the City a Church” was livestreamed May 10, 2023

for the Byzantine Catholic Seminary’s Saints Cyril and Methodius Lecture Series!

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania presented its 23rd annual academic lecture delivered by Fr. John Baldovin, S.J. on May 10, 2023. The livestreamed lecture, entitled “Making the City a Church: Liturgical Processions in Constantinople from the Sixth to the Tenth Centuries,” studied the mobile character of ancient Constantinopolitan Christian worship and the processions of Byzantine stational liturgy and shedded light on the liturgy itself, popular piety, and the relation of liturgy to the surrounding culture.

Fr. John F. Baldovin is Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He is a priest of the USA-East Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross, an MDiv from Weston School of Theology, and MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University.

Fr. Baldovin served on the advisory committee for the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy of the U.S.C.C.B. (1989-1993). He is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy as well as the international ecumenical Societas Liturgica. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the journal, Theological Studies, with his fields of expertise being history and theology of the liturgy, sacramental theology, and the theology of ministry. Among his numerous publications is The Urban Character of Christian Worship: The Origins, Development and Meaning of Stational Liturgy (Pontifical Institute of Oriental Studies, 1987).

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