Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
1st part : Prayer for Catechumens 2nd part : Diptychs & prayers
- 2 parts (items) of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. They are presented according to the reading order (during the liturgy).
- In the library of the monastery, the fragments may be arranged in different order.
The script is minuscule with several illuminated interlace initials.
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.
1st part of the roll: 445 x 220 mm
2nd part of the roll: 555 x 220 mm
Book Decoration and Musical Notation
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.
- Text Language Ancient Greek language
- Title Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Prayer for Catechumens)
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)
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).
- Text Language Ancient Greek
- Title Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom [Diptychs & prayers (of the liturgy)]
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
Catalogue : L. Politis, <<Συνοπτικὴ ἀναγραφὴ χειρογράφων ἑλληνικῶν συλλογῶν>>, Ἑλληνικά (Παράρτημα 25), Thessaloniki 1976, p. 73.