Stichera (hymns)

F-tj74

Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery, MS 57a

Athina Almpani, MIET 2018

Remarks by the Editor:

There is no previous reference to the existence of these fragments.

General Information

Title: Stichera (hymns)

Former Shelfmarks: MS 57a (cover)

Material: Parchment

General Remarks:

The text of the fragments is written in careful minuscule rounded script that is often addressed to theological and liturgical texts.

Original Condition

Dimensions (Page Height): at least 190 mm

Dimensions (Page Width): at least 145 mm

Number of Lines: at least 24

Number of Columns: 1

Current Condition

Dimensions: At least 190 x 145 mm (according to the original dimensions of the host codex)

More about the Current Condition:

There is damage on the parchment, which results in difficulty in reading the text.

Book Decoration

Description:

Decorated (majuscule) initials [Φ (?) & Ε & Ν] to the left of the main body text on the front cover of the codex. 

Content

  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Back cover : Liturgical text, Stichera (hymns)
    • Content Description:

      Back cover : in the middle of the text (11th line) : Stichera (hymns) martyrika at Κύριε ἐκέκραξα for the Vesper service of the third Friday of Lent.

      The incipit of the first one (legible) - Sticheron (in the 12th & 13th line of the text) : Οἱ Μάρτυρές σου Κύριε, οὐκ ἠρνήσαντό σε, οὐκ ἀπέστησαν | ἀπὸ τῶν ἐντολών σου͘  ταῖς αὐτῶν πρεσβείαις | [ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς]

      Τhe same Stichera (hymns) are also addressed to the Vesper service of the seventh Friday of the Easter Season (before Pentecost).

      (Potentially, these Stichera are addressed also to other services during the cycle of liturgical seasons.)

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    • Remarks:
      • In the sequence of the text, the text at the back cover precedes the text at the front cover.
      • There is not an exact continuation of the text. There is a lacuna between the back and the front text.
  • Content Item
    • Persons: Theophanes Graptus
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Front cover : Liturgical text, Stichera (hymns)
    • Content Description:

      Front cover : in the middle of the text (8th line) : Stichera (hymns) aposticha nekrosima by Theophanes Graptus for Matins of the third Saturday of the Lent. 

      Incipit (9th line of the text) : Ἔχων ἀκατάληπτον, [τὴν εἰς ἡμᾶς εὐσπλαγχνίαν,] | καὶ πηγὴν ἀ[κένωτον, θεϊκῆς χρηστότητος] | πολυέλεε, [τοὺς πρὸς σὲ Δέσποτα]  

      Τhe same Stichera (hymns) are also addressed to the Matins service of the seventh Saturday of the Easter Season (before Pentecost).

      This part of aposticha nekrosima is also addressed to the funeral service of a monk (Officium funeris Monachorum – Ἀκολουθία τοῦ ἐξοδιαστικοῦ τῶν μοναχῶν) and potentially in other services during the cycle of liturgical seasons.

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    • Remarks:

      Additional information about the time that these Stichera are sung : These Stichera are sung on Saturday before the third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, that the Orthodox Church commemorates the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Services include a special veneration of the Cross, which prepares the faithful for the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week.

History

Persons and Institutions: Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery

Remarks (history):

  • Τhe parchment folio has been severaly damaged. As a result, there is a missing part.
  • The text is not easily discerned.

Host Volume

Title: Canons and Stichera dedicated to Jesus Christ and the Theotokos. (Paper Codex)

Date of Origin/Publication: 17th century

Shelfmark: MS 57

Bibliography

  • Catalogue: L. Politis, Συνοπτικὴ ἀναγραφὴ χειρογράφων ἑλληνικῶν συλλογῶν, (Ἑλληνικά, Παράρτημα 25), Thessaloniki 1976, p. 76.