Cyrillic Religious Books in Greek Catholic Churches and Orthodox Churches in Lemkowyna Cover Image

Cyrylickie księgi religijne w cerkwiach greckokatolickich i prawosławnych na Łemkowszczyźnie
Cyrillic Religious Books in Greek Catholic Churches and Orthodox Churches in Lemkowyna

Author(s): Maria Pidłypczak-Majerowicz
Subject(s): Museology & Heritage Studies, History of Church(es), Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Federacja Bibliotek Kościelnych FIDES
Keywords: Cyrillic Religious Books;Lemkowyna;

Summary/Abstract: Religious books used by the clergy of Greek Catholic Church and Orthodox Church played a significant role in shaping mentality and development of spirituality of Ruthenian highlanders – Lemkos living on both sides of the East Carpathian Mountains. In the literature concerning Lemkowyna there are few mentions about the role of church books which were used not only to the ministry but also as reading and writing textbooks. Two important catalogues of these books published by the National Library in Warsaw include 535 descriptions of printed works in total stored currently in the collections of Basilian Fathers closter and the National Library. There are many interesting notes of ownership on the printed works representing mainly the old rich collections of the Library of Greek Catholic Chapter in Przemyśl. The notes indicate, inter alia, places where Greek Catholic and Orthodox churches where located. Furthermore, written book price or spells against it’s potential thieves proves the readers’ awareness of book value. The current book catalogues signalize the necessity of comprehensive inventory of church prints gathered in many library, archival, museum and private collections.

  • Issue Year: 21/2015
  • Issue No: 40 (1)
  • Page Range: 67-79
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish