Fairfax, Virginia – The Congregation for Eastern Churches in the Vatican recently authorized Eastern Christian Publications (ECP) to scan and reprint a four-volume series of liturgical texts in Greek known as the Anthologion.  The original books, published from 1967 to 1980, are now out of print and unavailable.  They contain the complete texts for Matins, Vespers, Compline and other daily services along with all the changeable parts for the four major seasons of the liturgical year and the saint-of-day for those same periods.  They are:

•    Volume I: September 1 through the beginning of Lent (1688 pages)
•    Volume II: January 15 through Lent and Holy Week (1624 pages)
•    Volume III: Pascha through June 30 (1032 pages)
•    Volume IV: All Saints’ Sunday through August 31 (1224 pages)

An original copy has been provided to ECP by the Congregation from their archives for high-resolution scanning and cleaning.  The final printed editions will be enhanced and slightly enlarged.  The books will be offered on a “print-on-demand” basis in either unbound folios or with hard-back binding.  Orders will take 6-8 weeks to manufacture and deliver.


Mr. Jack Figel, publisher, said, “we are very honored that the Holy See has recognized our ability to make historical reprints of valuable books, and has entrusted us with this important project.”  Previously, ECP reprinted the 1639 Liturgiarion of Saint Peter Mohyla in Kiev, the 1894 Divine Liturgies in Greek and English edited by J. N. W. B. Robertson published in London, and seven volumes (re-organized into twelve volumes for the reprint) of the Ruthenian Recension, the scripture and liturgical texts in Church Slavonic published by the Vatican from 1944 to 1973 for the Ukrainian and Ruthenian Catholic Churches.

ECP has published over 200 titles since starting in 1993 including 20 volumes of the Eastern Churches Journal, 6 years of Theosis magazine (a full-color monthly publication of spiritual essays and the Byzantine calendar), and color Sunday bulletin covers for over 250 parishes across the US and Canada.  Book subjects cover the history, theology, spirituality, ecumenism, biographies, and liturgy of the Eastern Christian Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox.  ECP also provides a daily email prayer service for The Hours and Daily Vespers of the Byzantine Daily Office, and a smartphone app called ECPubs available in the Apple Store and Google Play.

More details and online ordering is available at www.ecpubs.com or by calling 703-691-8862.


Teachings of Christ

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Virtues and vices are the food of the soul and it can feed on either one, turning to whichever one it wants. If it is bent toward moral excellence, it will be fed by virtue - by righteousness, temperance, meekness, endurance. In other words, it is just as St. Paul says, 'being nourished by the word of truth' (1 Tim. 4:6).

St. Ignatius of Antioch