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[OLD BELIEVERS MANUSCRIPT] -

Книга глаголемая октай сиречь осмогласник. Творение преподобного отца нашего Иоанна Дамаскина.

[Octoechos (liturgy)].

Stock Code
92868
Russia,
£1,950

The present manuscript exemplifies the archaic style of singing, known as khomoniya or razdel'norechie, retaining the reduced vowels of Church Slavonic. This style of singing was abolished in the Orthodox Church in the latter part of the 17th century, but was retained by some Old Believer communities. The liturgical book called Octoechos contains a repertoire of hymns ordered in eight parts according to the eight tones and sung during the celebrations of the Sunday Office.

The volume would have been made and used by Old Believers, who separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church as a protest against church reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. The faithful refused to accept the alterations in Orthodox worship and amendments in the Holy texts imposed by the Patriarch Nikon that were aimed at bringing the religious practice closer to the 'Greek originals'. Hence, they reproduced their Holy

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Description

Octavo (22.5 x 18 cm). 149 leaves, 8 additional ll. in different hand on paper with smaller margins, illuminated in red and black ink, with profusely illustrated headpieces, quires numbered with Church Slavonic numerals. Contemporary blind stamp leather binding over wood panels, spine with five raised bands, two clasps (both missing); rubbed.

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