Translated by Fr. Contos and edited by Fr. Kezios, this text contains all of the services celebrated during Holy Week. The Greek text is a careful reconstruction (not scanned copy) of the authorized version, free of elision or back-referencing. The English text is a fresh translation, avoiding the often tortuous Greek syntax. This version is remarkable both for its fidelity to the meaning of the original and for its compelling clarity. In a new, thin, light pocket book edition, it is almost half the weight of other editions yet the PRINT IS LARGER
A devotional commentary on Lenten themes, written by the Rev. Dr. Leonidas Contos. Although written primarily with the layperson in mind, all will find in it something to deepen their Lenten experience of the “Bright Sadness.”
At last, all ten celebrations of the Liturgy of Saint Basil in one user-friendly liturgical book. All the Vesperal Liturgies are complete in this one book.
All the variations for each celebration of the Liturgy of St. Basil, such as the Hymns of the Entrance, Dismissal Hymns, Kontakia, Magnificat, Dismissals, etc. are in their proper place in the text of the liturgy itself. For the convenience of everyone, they are in shaded text. No need to be flipping pages.
All the Vesperal Liturgies of St. Basil are complete from beginning to end. From the prophecies to the hymns, and to the liturgy itself, all are fully contained. There is no need to refer to additional texts, or for reference to the rubrics.
All the Epistle and Gospel readings are included as an addendum for the Litany of the Catechumens.
This is a red-letter, hardcover edition, in Greek and English, with bold print for the intonations of the clergy. It is the same size, only more convenient, as the familiar Liturgikon (7×10), also published by Narthex Press. Its handsome deep, purple cover with gold leaf lettering and lavender end-leafs, gives this edition the dignity deserving of its place on the Altar, the lectern, and certainly the pew
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is known to be difficult to follow because of the cross referencing required with other liturgical books. Our edition of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts eliminates the need to consult any other book. It is a “Simplified Presanctified” with a fresh new English text and is complete with the hymnology and readings for each Wednesday and Friday in Lent as well as for the first three days of Holy Week. Also included are the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great, with the appropriate Epistle and Gospel readings for the five Sundays of Lent, as well as the Apolytikia and Kontakia. The lay person will have no difficulty following, while for the Celebrant and the Cantor it eliminates, as in the case of our Orthros, the need to consult any other book. The edition has a soft binding.
This is a new and inspirational rendering of one of our oldest Liturgical treasures. The Salutations themselves have been rendered in a manner reflecting the poetic cadence of the original Greek yet maintaining the integrity of the English language. Each of the Fridays, from the first to the fifth is complete without flipping pages back and forth. The confusion of what to pray and when has thus been eliminated. The translation follows the traditional music of the Byzantine chant.
The book itself is beautifully bound. The print is readable, and the compact size makes it an easy fit for pocket or purse.
The listener of the CD will be able to choose hearing the entire service or only excerpts. The Byzantine chant, rendered by a chorus of priests, is truly inspirational, and also serves as a learning tool for participation in the hymnology. The Service is easily chanted to the traditional melody.