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

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our Lord Jesus Christ..., who came to liberate mankind, in which both males and females are destined to salvation, was not adverse to males, for He took the form of a male, nor to females, for of a female He was born. Besides, there is a great mystery here: that just as death comes to us through a woman, Life is born to us through a woman; that the devil - defeated - would be tormented by each nature, feminine and masculine, since he had taken delight in the defection of both.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Ca. A.D. 397, Christian Combat 22, 24 in The Faith of the Early Fathers (Jurgens, Liturgical Press) 3:50, no. 1578