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[OLD BELIEVERS LITURGY] –

Posledovanie tserkovnogo peniia i vseletnago sobraniia ot mesiatsa septevriia do mesiatsa avgusta po ustavu, izhe vo Ierusalime sviatyia Lavry prepodobnago i bogonosnago ottsa nashego Savvy Osviashchennago

[Liturgy for the months September through August following the Typicon of Saint Sabas].

Publication: [Russia, first half of 19th c.]., .

[OLD BELIEVERS LITURGY] -, Posledovanie tserkovnogo peniia i vseletnago sobraniia ot mesiatsa septevriia do mesiatsa avgusta po ustavu, izhe vo Ierusalime sviatyia Lavry prepodobnago i bogonosnago ottsa nashego Savvy Osviashchennago,[Russia, first half of 19th c.]. , .
A lovely example of a tiny manuscript Menologium in Church Slavonic, a liturgical calendar with hymns celebrating the saints for each month of the year. In attractive, fresh condition, with the ornaments in bright colours, bound in its first binding of red morocco over wooden boards. A great example of an Old Believers’ miniature production. Read More

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A lovely example of a tiny manuscript Menologium, a liturgical calendar with hymns celebrating the saints for each month of the year. In attractive, fresh condition, with the ornaments in bright colours.

The hymns are arranged chronologically by date starting from the beginning of the Orthodox calendar on 1 September, through August. This small volume would have been made for an Old Believer parish, which did not allow sacred texts to be printed, nor did the faithful accept the alterations in Orthodox worship imposed in the 17th century by Patriarch Nikon.

The cycle of hymns follows the Typicon of Saint Sabas, a liturgy originally celebrated in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with some specifically monastic usages added, which were local traditions at the Holy Lavra of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified, in the Bethlehem Governorate. From there it spread to Constantinople, and thence throughout the Byzantine world. In Russia the first printed edition of the Typicon appeared in 1610.

The volume also served other purposed: the last blank leaves contain 7 pages covered with manuscript notes, in Russian, probably by a local clergyman, registering marriages, births, christenings and deaths between 1837 and 1859.

 

Physical Description

Small 8vo (8.2 x 6.5 cm). Blank, [255] and 2 blank ll., these of woven paper, with other blank ll. on laid paper before and after; in Church Slavonic, mostly written in black and red ink, beginning of chapters with 3-line initials decorated, with ornamental head-pieces above decorated in yellow, green, purple and black.

Binding

Contemporary Russian red morocco over wooden boards, spine with raised bands decorated in black in compartments, cover with black stamped rollwork and floral tools, two copper clasps, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt and gauffered.

Condition

Excellent, fresh condition internally, all last blank leaves with contemp. Russian inscriptions dated 1837-59; binding rubbed at extremities, clasps missing, one with loss of leather to the lower cover, corner of upper cover chipped.

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