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

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 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)

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina