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The '''Consecration of a church''' (
in Greek, ''thyranoixia''; literally "opening of the doors") is the service of sanctification and solemn dedication of a building for use as a [[church]]. The [[consecration]] of a church is a complex service that is filled with profound symbolisms. Many biblical elements are taken from the [[Old Testament]]: the Consecration of the Tabernacle ([[Exodus]] 40) and of the Temple of Solomon ([[III Kingdoms|1 Kings]] 8; [[II Paraleipomenon|2 Chronicles]] 5-7).