The Orthodox Church in Byzantine Empire describes the role of the medieval Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire (c.600-c.1453). As an intergral part of its policy, it was (similar to western Christianity) closely linked with many aspects of everyday life both official and otherwise. It faced doctrinal problems and heresies, while experiencing the formation, continuity and deepening of its liturgical life.
Part I discusses the landmarks in ecclesiastical affairs within the Empire as well as the creative influence exercised on the Slavs and the increasing contacts with Western churches particularly after 1204. Part II gives a brief account of the structure of the medieval Orthodox Church including its officials and organization, its monasticism, the development of the eucharist and the liturgical year, and the spirituality of laity, monks, and clergy.
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