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Jacob of Sarug’s Homily on the Partaking of the Holy Mysteries


Translation and Introduction by Amir Harrak
This edition of Mar Jacob of Sarug's (d. 521) homily on Partaking in the Holy Mysteries is one of Jacob’s memre on the sacraments. In this homily, Jacob is shocked that some of his congregants are leaving the service early, before the eucharist has been celebrated. He emphasizes the importance of the liturgical celebrations for a Christian life in a message still applicable today. The volume constitutes a fascicle of The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain the original Syriac text of Jacob's surviving sermons, fully vocalized, alongside an annotated English translation.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-086-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: May 10,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 57
ISBN: 978-1-60724-086-0
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Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains his homily on the Partaking of the Holy Mysteries. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.

Recognized as a saint by both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christians alike, Jacob of Sarug (d. 521) produced many narrative poems that have rarely been translated into English. Of his reported 760 metrical homilies, only about half survive. Part of a series of fascicles containing the bilingual Syriac-English editions of Saint Jacob of Sarug’s homilies, this volume contains his homily on the Partaking of the Holy Mysteries. The Syriac text is fully vocalized, and the translation is annotated with a commentary and biblical references. The volume is one of the fascicles of Gorgias Press’s The Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, which, when complete, will contain all of Jacob’s surviving sermons.

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Contributor Biography

Amir Harrak

Amir Harrak is full professor at the University of Toronto. His specialty is Aramaic and Syriac languages and literatures. His many publications deal with Syriac epigraphy, Chronicles, and cataloguing of manuscripts.

  • Table of Contents (page 6)
  • List of Abbreviations (page 8)
  • Introduction (page 9)
    • Outline (page 9)
    • Summary (page 12)
  • Text and Translation (page 13)
    • On the Partaking of the Holy Mysteries (page 14)
    • Prologue (page 14)
    • Invitation to the Eucharist by the Church (page 14)
    • Baptismal Dimension of the Eucharist (page 16)
    • The Church is the Place of Peace (page 18)
    • Dangers of the Material World (page 20)
    • Christ Physician and Source (page 22)
    • Pastoral Exhortations (page 24)
    • Exhortations to the Repentants (page 24)
    • The Liturgy of the Word (page 26)
    • The Apostles are Rivers (page 28)
    • Dismissal of the Catechumens (page 32)
    • The Lords Prayer (page 34)
    • The Epiclesis (page 36)
    • Satan Annoyed by the Eucharist (page 38)
    • God is Ever Merciful (page 40)
    • Necessity for Full Attendance in the Healing Eucharist (page 42)
    • Eucharistic Hymn of Jacob of Sarug (page 46)
    • The Celebrant Begs for Mercy of Behalf of the Congregation (page 48)
    • The Eucharist is a New Deed by Christ (page 50)
    • Epilogue (page 50)
  • Bibliography of Works Cited (page 53)
    • (A) Syriac Sources (page 53)
    • (B) Modern Works (page 53)
  • Index of Names and Themes (page 55)
  • Index of Biblical References (page 57)
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