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SYNAXIS – Literally, “gathering” or “assembly.” Synaxis is the word used for the ancient Greek Senate. The first part of the Divine Liturgy is called the synaxis because the faithful gather to sing, to hear the Scriptures read, and to hear the homily. The saints’ days are also called a synaxis, such as the Synaxis of St. Michael and all the angels. It can also refer to the commemoration that falls on the day after a Great Feast, honoring someone closely related to that Feast.