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

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (190 AD), Fragment 34