Three or Two Readings in Early Byzantine Liturgy?


  • Holger Villadsen Rural Dean, Diocese of Lolland-Falster


The following article will draw attention to some remarks in the Greek homilies by Severian of Gabala about the number of biblical readings in the early Byzantine Liturgy. Severian held several homilies in Constantinople AD 401–402 and was substitute for John Chrysostom. In the Eucharist there were most likely only two readings, and they were both from the New Testament: Apostle and Gospel.