Good. 1900. The Great Horologion (book of hours), entirely in Greek, for the use of the Orthodox Catholic Church (Eastern Orthodox Church). Brown embossed with faded gilt spine titling (in Greek). Cloth shows heavy wear throughout: considerable rubbing, scuffing and staining. Cloth has flaked away at the top and bottom of the spine, and at the corners. Spine curved. Binding sound throughout. Sticker remnant to front end paper. Previous owner wrote on title page. Some creasing and discoloration to page corners and edges. Blue ink stain to bottom edges. Interior age toned throughout, but otherwise clean. Overall in fair condition for age.
New. The appearance of this volume, similar to a breviary in the West, can be considered nothing less than a major publishing event in the field of liturgical books, a great step forward in the consolidation of the prayer books of the daily cycle of the Orthodox Church from its presently daunting array of arrangements and translations. Here is a partial list of the contents: the Midnight Services for weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays; Matins; First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours; Typica; Antiphons and Prokeimena for the daily Liturgy; Vespers; Small and Great Compline; Troparia for the fixed feasts of the year, and for the saints of each day; Troparia for the Lenten and Paschal seasons; Hymns to the Theotokos for the Eight Tones; Dismissal Hymns; Akathist Hymns to our Lord Jesus Christ and to the Most Holy Theotokos; Preparation for Holy Communion; Supplicatory Canons; a table for reckoning the date of Easter from 1997 to 2100; and an index of over 4500 saints and feast days. Happily, The Great Horologion is presented in the sturdy and beautiful fashion for which the Monastery has become known: acid-free paper with two-color printing throughout, including many icons and line-drawings, in an oversized (8'' x 11'') format. 908 pp.
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