The Sermon of St. Basil the Great and of Father Ephraim on the Holy Liturgy, that it is Fitting to Stand in Church with Fear and Trepidation Cover Image
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„Слово на св. Василий Велики и на отец Ефрем за светата Литургия, как подобава да се стои в църквата със страх и трепет“
The Sermon of St. Basil the Great and of Father Ephraim on the Holy Liturgy, that it is Fitting to Stand in Church with Fear and Trepidation

Author(s): Klimentina Ivanova
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Кирило-Методиевски научен център при Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The Sermon is a Bulgarian text which belongs to the unofficial exegetic liturgical tradition. It is preserved in a miscellany, completed in 1552, the work of the copyist Kalinik in the Bulgarian village of Oreshane for Priest Gonstantine, and was later was passed on through generations of priests. In the 17th с. the manuscript was in Sopot. In the 19th c. it was owned by A. S. Norov and after him by Count A. S.Uvarov. At present it is in the State Historical Museum in Moscow (Uvar. F 535). The copy is the earliest dated and localized Bulgarian text of the Sermon known to date. The spelling of the manuscript is Bulgarian, inconsistently using two yus and two jers. The Sermon is thematically related to a number of similar texts. It is a lively and engrossing narrative about the struggle between the devil and the angels during liturgy. The heading attributes the work to St. Basil and to St. Ephraim. It is possible that originally the work was attributed to St. Ephraim the Syrian only. The text probably appeared in the 13th с. In the present copy there is a transposition of passages which indicates a prolonged manuscript tradition.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 3-16
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian