An edition and English translation of the "Description of the Prayers", one of the few extant works by Ignatius V Bar Wahib (Patriarch of Antioch from 1293-1333). The text has been taken from a manuscript of the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, copied in 1915 from a manuscript of the Konat Library. The treatise offers a description of the external aspects of the canonical prayers, including washing and prostration.
George was one of the last scholarly Syrian Orthodox bishops to live in the early Islamic period. His metrical homily, probably composed to be sung during the consecration of the Myron, is presented here with the vocalised Syriac text and English translation on facing pages.
Baby Varghese publishes here an English translation of the Commentary on the Eucharist by John of Dara, a ninth century leader in the West Syrian tradition. This text is an important source for understanding Eucharistic practices in the ninth century.
This is a Study which will open windows galore for Westerners, for not only is the history as recorded likely to cover ground untrodden by most English-speaking liturgists, but equally the surrounding field of study and its other scholarly occupants (who are laid heavily under contribution) will also be largely unknown.
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