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Sotirios A. Vlavianos

Subject Religion » Christianity

Key-Topics worship

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405185394.2011.x


The Pentekostarion (meaning “the book of the fifty days”), alternatively known as the “Flowery Triodion” (still known as such in the Slavonic tradition), is the continuation of the Lenten Triodion book of liturgical texts. It contains the chanting and reading materials used in the services of the fifty-day season of Pentecost. The Pentecost season begins with Orthros (Matins) on Easter Sunday and lasts up until the Sunday of All Saints, following Pentecost Sunday. It has its roots in the Triodion , but by the 14th century it had evolved into a new book with its new name. Its initial version comprised short canons (triodia) that were gradually eliminated after the 14th century. The chanted material related to the saints (Synaxaria) of the Sundays and Feast-days, as composed by Nikiforos Kallistos Xanthopoulos, was also eventually incorporated into the Pentekostarion as it now stands. It is a book rich in theological content and spiritual teaching. SEE ALSO: Canon (Liturgical) ; Feasts ; Great Week ; Horologion ; Liturgical Books ; Menaion ; Paraklitike ; Pentecost, Feast of ; Resurrection ; Triodion ( 2003 ) Introduction to Liturgical Theology . Crestwood , NY : St. Vladimir's Seminary Press . ( 1992 ) The Byzantine Rite: A Short History . Collegeville , MN : Liturgical Press . ( 1997 ) Beyond East and West: Problems in Liturgical Understanding , ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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