A Byzantine Monastic Office, A.D. 1105

A Byzantine Monastic Office, A.D. 1105

by Jeffrey C. Anderson, Stefano Parenti


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This book centers on a Greek text that was likely compiled in Constantinople, in 1105, for use in one of the monasteries located there. The book consists of a liturgical psalter, containing the fixed structure (the ordinary) in both the Greek original and in English translation, as well as a description of the hours themselves. The extensive commentary explains the development of the divine office, and the particular history of the translated manuscript, while brief notes clarify and explain, in a way suitable for non-liturgists, the more-technical aspects of the divine office.

Based on a single dated manuscript, the book presents the first, full example of the daily structure of monastic hours as they were celebrated at a time when services had reached a degree of maturity. The book, by presenting the ordinary of the office, compliments recent work on the propers of the office, and thus helps to complete our picture of the medieval monastic office in Byzantium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813228372
Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
Publication date: 07/08/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey C. Anderson is professor of art history at George Washington University. Stefano Parenti is at the Pontificium Institutum Orientalium Studiorum

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Abbreviations xi

Part 1 Text and Translation Jeffrey C. Anderson

Introduction 3

Common, Repeated Formulas 27

I Kathismata and Office for Trespasses 29

II Horologion 79

III Synaxarion-Menologion 181

Part 2 The Harvard Manuscript and the History of the Horologion of the Greek Liturgical Psalter Stefano Parenti

Introduction 257

I The Greek Liturgical Psalter and Its Typology 260

II The Harvard Psalter 273

III The Horologion 287

IV The Synaxarion-Menologion 338

V The Twenty-Four-Hour Cursus and Monastic Prayer in Constantinople 341

VI Conclusion 349

Selected Bibliography 355

Liturgical Index 375

Scriptural Passages 375

Prayers 376

Troparia, Chants, and Formulas 376

Saints and Fixed Commemorations 380

Index of Manuscripts Cited 387

General Index 389

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