The core meaning of this term is "the suffering of God," referring to a version of Monophysitism (q.v.) that appeared in Constantinople (q.v.) in 519, namely, that the Godhead (the Word, or logos) actually suffered and died on the cross, as expressed by the formula "one of the Trinity suffered in the flesh." Peter the Fuller's (q.v.) addition of a theopaschite phrase to the Trisagion (q.v.) produced an uproar that resulted in his exile. The akoimetoi (q.v.) monks staunchly opposed this view. Nevertheless, Justinian I (q.v.), in an attempt to pacify the Monophysites, issued a law in 533 supporting the heresy (q.v.), though to no avail.

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  • Theopaschitism — Theopasˈchitism / ki tizm/ noun • • • Main Entry: ↑theo …   Useful english dictionary

  • Trisagion —    The term means thrice holy, referring to the refrain Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us, which is chanted at the beginning of the Eucharist (q.v.) in the eastern church. Peter the Fuller, Monophysite patriarch of… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

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