The Byzantine Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in Arsenij Suxanov's Proskinitarij - Orientalia Christiana Analecta; 286

di Vassa Larin

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    In 8°, brossura pp. 238
    This volume represents the first modern-day scholarly monograph to examine on the basis of largely unpublished primary sources a seminal but relatively unstudied aspect of Byzantine liturgical history: the hierarchal or pontifical Divine Liturgy. The core of the study is an eye-witness account of a Greek hierarchal Divine Liturgy celebrated in mid-17th c. Jerusalem, written by a Muscovite pilgrim to the Holy City, Arsenij Suxanov. A new critical edition of the Russian text of Suxanov’s account with English translation forms the backbone of the study, which focuses on tracing the historical development of the hierarchal entrance rites. The study draws on a wide pool of Greek and Old Slavonic manuscript sources, providing a window into two local usages of the Byzantine hierarchal rite: the Greek Orthodox usage of Palestine and the Muscovite ritual anterior to the 17th c. reforms of Moscow Patriarch Nikon (1652-1658). Sr. Vassa Larin, a nun of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, teaches Liturgy at the Institute for Liturgical Studies in the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Vienna, Austria. Born on December 11, 1970 in Nyack, NY, to the family of a Russian Orthodox priest, she received her undergraduate education at Bryn Mawr College, and after graduate studies in Orthodox Theology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, she received her doctorate in Orthodox Theology and Byzantine Studies in 2008 at the Institute of Orthodox Theology within the Faculty of Catholic Theology there. The present volume is a revised version of her doctoral dissertation, written under the direction of Professor-emeritus Robert F. Taft, S.J., F.B.A., of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.