Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

1st part : Prayer for Catechumens 2nd part : Diptychs & prayers


Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery, MS 22

Athina Almpani 2017 , roll

Remarks by the Editor:

  • 2 parts (items) of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. They are presented according to the order during the liturgy.
  • In the library of the monastery, the fragments may be arranged in different order.

General Information

Former Shelfmarks: MS 22

Date of Origin: At the beginning of the 15th century

Script, Hands:

The script is minuscule with several illuminated interlace initials.

General Remarks:

There is slight damage on the parchment, which results in difficulty in reading the text. The parchment has partially undergone some kind of physical damage. Nevertheless, we can be sure of the identity of the text.

Original Condition

Number of Columns: 1

Current Condition

More about the Current Condition:

1st part of the roll: 445 x 220 mm

2nd part of the roll: 555 x 220 mm

Book Decoration


Throughout the text, there are several illuminated interlace initials - Byzantine Prototype.

The artistic principles and basic techniques of interlaced writing and knotwork were developed in Byzantine scriptoria.

Byzantine interlaced writing flourished in the 12th century. During the 13th century the technique began to display unmistakable signs of stagnation and corruption. This resulted in a gradual decrease in the frequency of its use during the 14th and 15th century. By the early decades of the 16th century, interlaced writing almost disappeared from the treasury of artistic devices of the Byzantine school.


  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek language
    • Title: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Prayer for Catechumens)
    • Content Description:

      Inc. [1st image (1st part)] : κατηχουμένους˙ τοὺς ὑποκεκλικότας [σοι τὸν] | ἑαυτὸν αὐχένα· καὶ καταξίωσον αὐτούς˙ ἐν | καιρῷ εὐθέτῳ, τοῦ λουτροῦ τῆς παλιγγενεσίας

      Des. [4th image (1st part)] : ἀεὶ καὶ (com.) | εἰς τοὺς | αἰ | ῶ | ν(ας) | τῶν | αἰώ(νων) | (Ἀμήν)

    • Amorgos_MS_22_1st_image_1st_part_
    • Remarks:

      The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom is the most celebrated divine liturgy (or "mass") in the Byzantine Rite (what is called the "Mass" in the West is called "Divine Liturgy" in the Eastern Churches).

  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom [Diptychs & prayers (of the liturgy)]
    • Content Description:

      Inc. [1st image (2nd part), main text, after notes] : Τοῦ ἁγίου Ἰωάννου, τοῦ ἐνδόξου προφήτου | προδρόμου, καὶ βαπτιστοῦ· τῶν ἁγίων καὶ (com.) | πανευφήμων Ἀποστόλων

      Des. [4th image (2nd part)] : ἐν πίστει | τετελειωμένου˙ | Ἐξαιρέτως, τῆς παναγ(ίας) ἀχράντ(ου)˙ ὑπ(ερ)ευ(λ)ο(γημένη)ς Δεσπ(οίν)ης | ἡμ(ῶν) θ(εοτό)κου, | καὶ (com.) ἀειπαρ | θένου, | Μαρί |ας

    • Amorgos_MS_22_1st_image_2nd_part


Persons and Institutions: Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery


  • Catalogue : L. Politis, Συνοπτικὴ ἀναγραφὴ χειρογράφων ἑλληνικῶν συλλογῶν, (Ἑλληνικά, Παράρτημα 25), Thessaloniki 1976, p. 73.