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Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Communion - OLD BELIEVERS MANUSCRIPT] - - 1666. 
Russia Middle of 19th century - Small quarto (23.2 x 18.3 cm). 93 leaves in total, including 75 ll. numbered in Church Slavonic numerals and 18 unnumbered ll. in different hand, Illuminated in red and black ink, with profuse polychrome and gilt illustrations of the title page, ll. 58-59 and initials, most leaves bear an impressed stamp ?.?.?.?.? ??????????? in the corner; some marginal restorations not affecting text, a small hole in leaf 92. Contemporary blind stamp leather binding over wood panels, two clasps (both missing); re-cased, bound upside down, spine neatly restored, boards slightly rubbed. Beautifully illuminated example of manuscript Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, the most celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite attributed to Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople in the 5th century. The volume would have been made and used by Old Believers, who separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church as a protest against church reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. The faithful refused to accept the alterations in Orthodox worship and amendments in the Holy texts imposed by the Patriarch Nikon that were aimed at bringing the religious practice closer to the "Greek originals". Hence, they reproduced their Holy texts in manuscript preserving liturgical practices that the Russian Orthodox Church maintained before the implementation of these reforms. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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