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Divine Liturgy of St. James

Divine Liturgy of St. James

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The Liturgy of St. James has appeared in a variety of forms in the Eastern churches that have used it over the centuries. The Greek text dates from the 16th century. It was used quite extensively throughout the Byzantine world but it gradually ceded first place to the Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great.

Today, The Liturgy of St. James is used only occasionally among the Orthodox, in a Greek style, only on the feast of St. James in Jerusalem, on the island of Zakynthos, and in a few other places. The hymn, "Let all mortal flesh," sung at the Great Entrance of the Eucharistic Gifts, is used in most Orthodox churches during Holy Week at the Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning. This edition contains modifications and reflects the Byzantine influences that color the Eastern Orthodox usage. The original texts are found in the editions of Vladimirova in 1938, of Grottaferrata in 1970, in the Georgian versions edited by Tarchnisvili in 1950, and the Aristedes Panotis edition published in Athens in 1986. We also consulted the various versions given by Brightman in his Liturgies Eastern and Western, Volume 1, Eastern Liturgies (Clarendon Press).

Linen card cover with sewn binding. 5 x 7, 64+xii pp (1996)