The Festal Menaion: The Service Books of the Orthodox Church Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998
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The Festal Menaion contains the services for nine feasts in the Orthodox Church’s liturgical cycle. In this translation the full texts of the services are reproduced including the scripture readings (taken from the Authorised Version). The book contains a valuable introduction by Professor Georges Florovsky entitled “The Worshipping Church” which gives brief introduction to the key elements of Orthodox worship and the theology of the church.
As well as the texts of the feasts the Menaion also contains a plan of each of the services (Great Vespers, Matins the Hours and the Divine Liturgy) in which the texts of the Menaion are inserted. At the end of the Menaion are useful appendices with the Septuagint numbering of the Psalms and the order of its recitation, a description of the service books of the church and a glossary of Greek and Russian liturgical terminology.
Study of the feasts of the Church helps us to understand and to act out the Christian life. Theology and worship are not separate disciplines, what we believe we express, not simply in our church services but in our daily lives. This book is therefore an indispensable aid to both the study and practice of the worship of the Orthodox Church.