Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

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


Amorgos, Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, MS 22

Remarks by the Editor
  • 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.

General Information

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 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.


  • 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.