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Illuminated Manuscripts
5.31 Liturgies
Xeropotamou Cod. 129
Paper, 29 x 21.5 cm, ff. 67


The Original New Testament

As is usually the case with liturgical manuscripts, this one is written in a very carefully executed script, with the text of the prayers in black ink and the rubrics in red. It is illuminated with headpieces and ornate initials. Both types of ornament are large and composed of rich and varied plant and floral designs, as well as human figures (either full-length or busts), dragons and birds. In the first, Π-shaped, headpiece are portrayed the three figures of the Deesis (Christ, the Virgin and John the Baptist), together with two saints (Nicholas and George), each in a separate circle, while the first initial letter of each liturgy portrays its author. The codex comprises the three Divine Liturgies of John Chrysostom, Basil the Great and the Presanctified. There follow the Dismissals for the Twelve Great Feasts, prayers of blessing for the kollyva (ritual food for the dead), a prayer of absolution (which lacks its ending), and another prayer, one of grace before meals (acephalous). The binding consists of brown leather on the spine and black paper on the two covers. The codex is in fair condition.

Bibliography: Lambros 1895, p. 207. Thesauroi 1973, pp. 478-80, figs. 436-51.

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