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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Mark C. BartusisMark C. Bartusis, Anthony CutlerAnthony Cutler

(ἀδελφότης, “brotherhood,” or διακονία, “diaconate”), a private association of laymen and clergy, men and women, established for devotional purposes (e.g., the veneration of a particular icon) and for mutual assistance among members (e.g., in cases of sickness, for funeral or memorial services). One function of a confraternity was to hold a procession with cult icons on feastdays, a scene depicted in the Blachernai monastery at ... ...

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