The “Prayers Of St Tryphon” in the Hilandar Monastery Trebnik, No. 167 Cover Image
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The “Prayers Of St Tryphon” in the Hilandar Monastery Trebnik, No. 167

Author(s): Margaret Dimitrova
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Институт за литература - БАН

Summary/Abstract: The author edits a cycle of five prayers attributed to St Tryphon in the 15th-century Slavonic manuscript (Trebnik, Euchologion) 167 kept in the Hilandar Monastery. The texts were copied with Ressava orthography. Four of these prayers contain incantations against insects and animals that attack the crop in gardens and vineyard. Structured as dialogues of the saint and archangels, and as a first-person narrative, they fall into the category of apocryphal texts. All the five texts are known from other sources but only in Hilandar 167 they appear as a cycle beginning with the Office to St Tryphon and ending with the Apocryphal Prayer of St Paul in case of snake-bite. The author suggests that this cycle may have been composed in the Hilandar Monastery in the orchard of which there was a chapel dedicated to St Tryphon. The apocryphal prayers were translated from Greek and in the lists of the harmful insects and animals, there are new bookish loanwords and calques but also there are lexemes used in the early Old Bulgarian/ Old Church Slavonic (Cyrillo-Methodian) translation of the Bible. The language of the prayers follows the literary norm and their style register is far from the vernacular because of the use of bookish words and allusions to or phrases from the Bible.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 48
  • Page Range: 328-351
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian