Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Oriental Christian liturgy: The Syrian traditions

I thought some of you might be interested in the following titles published by Gorgias Press pertaining to Oriental Christian liturgy:

East Syrian Daily Offices

Description: An English translation of the Daily Offices of the East Syriac right, used today by the Assyrian Church of the East, the Chaldean Church, and the Syro-Malabar Church.

The Book of Common Prayer [shhimo] of the Syrian Church

Description: In The Book of Common Prayer of the Syrian Church, Bede Griffiths, a monk of the Kurisumala Ashram in Kerala, India, presents a rich tradition of biblically based theology articulated through “a wealth of poetic beauty which has never been equaled.” Providing an English translation of the daily prayers based on the West Syrian liturgy and approved for use in the Syrian Orthodox and the Catholic Syro-Malankara Churches of South India, Griffiths carefully attends to the rich complexity of the Syriac liturgical tradition. The result is unparalleled access to a distinctively Asian tradition of Christian prayer and theology, prayer and practice, suffused with awe and wonder before the divine mysteries.

The Eucharist Service of the Syrian Orthodox Church: Meaning and Interpretation

Description: An illustrated commentary on the Qurbono (Eucharist Service), its text, meaning, and interpretation, including a discussion of all vestments and church parts, written by a leading bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church from India.

The Liturgy of the Holy Apostles Adai and Mari

Description: Together with two additional liturgies to be said on certain feasts and other days; and The Order of Baptism.

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