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Byzantium Novum has established it's first official Classical Priestesses and Priests, and official rituals to the ancient Deities have been begun! We now have Priesthoods of Jupiter/Zeus, Vesta/Hestia, the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and of the Dii Imperii.
Historically accurate rituals have been written for all of the above deities, and we now have a template for historical ritual that may be adapted to any of the Classical Goddesses and Gods.
Official rituals and offerings were done on behalf of Byzantium Novum were done for Jupiter on Oct 17, to the Dii Imperii on September 13 and October 22, and rituals were done for Hestia on Ocober 5th and 28th. These are the first recorded Pagan rituals done by the Byzantine state since the time of the Emperor Julian in 363 AD!
Updates to the Byzantine Pagan website have been ongoing, and it is wonderful to see things progressing.
May 11th is promoted
by Byzantium Novum as "International
Byzantine Day!" This is the date on which Constantinople was consecrated by
official ceremony by the Emperor Constantine. The consecration was done by both
Pagan and Christian clergy, setting an example of tolerance and equality, and
ensuring that the energies of ALL deity would be a part of Byzantium forever. On
that day, sacred religious items from all paths, including Pagan treasures such
as the Palladium, and important Christian relics were stored together at the
base of the Pillar of Constantine to make the entire city holy. This is a day in
which Classical rites are completely historical in a Byzantine context.
the annual New England Convention of Mithraic Studies 2014 is being held from
informal conference includes presentations on Mithraism and other
ancient subjects, and a day for personal research in the stacks at Yale
University Library. We will also be visiting the newly reopened Dura
Europos Mithraeum exhibit at the Yale University Museum!
MithraCon is an excellent opportunity to get information that is unavailable elsewhere!
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