Deconsecration

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Deconsecration, also called secularization,[1] is the act of removing a religious blessing from something that had been previously consecrated by a minister or priest of that religion. The practice is usually performed on churches or synagogues to be rendered to non-religious (secular) use or demolished.[2][3]

A church building in Katoomba, Australia, converted to a restaurant

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  1. ^ Donald S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum (2000). "Secularizing a Consecrated Building". An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. This service is used to deconsecrate and secularize a consecrated building that is to be taken down or used for other purposes.
  2. ^ "Deconsecration of a London Church". The New York Times. November 3, 1876.
  3. ^ Temple B’Nai Israel to conduct last service in synagogue Sunday, By KATE DAY SAGER Olean Times Herald Dec 9, 2020