Before constantine became made these changes. Christians, the Ekklesia, were gathering in homes. Singing, had scripture readings, and spent time in communion. There were a few cases of more tolerant cities where their might be special room somewhere in the town where they were able to worship, but for the most part the believers met largely in an underground fashion. They also met on the seventh day Sabbath. After Constantine’s conversion, powerful people with largely pagan backgrounds also declared themselves Christians, but brought with them former notions and began being an influence to the established christian communities. Its possible these new “converts” may have brought more organization and structure but also brought elements of imperial protocal, including incense, ornate clothing, processionals, and pageantry. Before Constantine, it was not uncommon for Christians to commemorate the anniversary of a martyr’s death, but this evolved Christianity took this to the next level, erecting buildings dedicated for worship over grave sites. Although Christianity had largely been a growing and moving underground religion for many generations now, it only took around a decade or so for the ekklesia to cease to be a movement. It was no longer an expanding group of people sharing a unique identity and purpose. It had now become a location. The romans called each of their gathering places a basilica, this is the latin word used. The germanic cultures that became heavily influenced by Christianity used the word kirika, which in modern german is called Kirche. This word means “house of the Lord” and was used to refer to any ritual gathering place, christian or pagan.