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The Festal Menaion

   
translated from the original Greek by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware
with an introduction by Archpriest Georges Florovsky

Volume I of The Service Books of the Orthodox Church

“There is little necessity to underline the profound significance, both devotionally and theologically, of the feasts included in this volume. It contains the texts for Christmas, Epiphany, the Annunciation, and the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (the ‘Meeting’), which express the true Orthodox faith concerning the Incarnation of the Saviour. It contains the office of the Transfiguration, which is essential for any proper understanding of the Orthodox doctrine of ‘Divine Light’ and mystical prayer. It contains the office for the Exaltation of the Cross, which deserves to be studied with care by all who imagine that Orthodoxy concentrates solely upon the risen Christ, to the neglect of Christ crucified. It contains the services for the Nativity of the Holy Virgin, for her Entry into the Temple and her Dormition: without a knowledge of these three offices, it is impossible to appreciate the true character of Orthodox devotion to the Mother of God.”
—“Preface”

CONTENTS

   Preface
   THE WORSHIPPING CHURCH
      by Archpriest Georges Florovsky
   THE ORTHODOX SERVICES AND THEIR STRUCTURE
      i. The Five Cycles
      ii. The Great Feasts
      iii. The Background and Meaning of the Feasts
      iv. Plans of the Services
   THE COMMON OF THE VIGIL
I. THE BIRTH OF OUR MOST HOLY LADY THE THEOTOKOS (8 September)
II. THE UNIVERSAL EXALTATION OF THE PRECIOUS AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS (14 September)
III. THE ENTRY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE (21 November)
IV. The Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ (24 December)
   Christmas Eve (24 December)
   THE NATIVITY ACCORDING TO THE FLESH OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (25 December)
   The Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos (26 December)
V. The Forefeast of the Theophany (5 January)
   The Eve of the Theophany (5 January)
   THE HOLY THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (6 January)
   The Synaxis of the Honored and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John (7 January)
VI. THE MEETING OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (2 February)
VII. THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY (25 March)
VIII. THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (6 August)
IX. THE DORMITION OF OUR MOST HOLY LADY AND THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY (15 August)
   APPENDIX I. The Psalter
      II. The Service Books of the Orthodox Church
      III. Glossary
      IV. The Calendar

Item Number: BKST485C
Publication Data: South Canaan, PA: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press, 1998
Format: hardcover
Number of Pages: 564
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.4 cm × 14.6 cm × 3.9 cm
ISBN: 1‒878997‒00‒9

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