In order to utilize all of the features of this web site, JavaScript must be enabled in your browser. The full Menaion of the Orthodox Church comprises 12 volumes—one for each month of the liturgical year—and contains the specific texts used in each daily service. The General Menaion, however, is a broader version, offering structures for each type of commemoration, including services to apostles, prophets, martyrs, monastics, and more. For those unfamiliar with the Orthodox Church, this work serves as a valuable introduction to the structure of the liturgical year, the content of different services, and the history of many saints. The English translation by N. Orloff, used for this digital version of the General Menaion, is based on the text of the Slavonic sixteenth edition printed in

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Commemorations in the Menaion are tied to the day of the calendar year. Since , there have been predominantly two calendars in use within the Orthodox Church: the Julian Calendar and the Revised Julian Calendar. Few churches use the Gregorian Calendar. At the current time there is a thirteen day difference between the two calendars. This means that those churches which use the New Calendar Revised Julian will celebrate the feasts on the fixed cycle thirteen days before those who follow the Old Calendar.

The other major annual cycle, the Paschal cycle is the same for both Old and New Calendar Churches, so all will celebrate Pascha Easter on the same day.

The liturgical texts for celebrations on the Menaion are contained in twelve volumes called menaia. Each menaion will contain the services for an entire month. The liturgical year for Eastern Orthodox Christians begins in September, so the Menaion for September is the first volume of the set. The menaion contains the largest collection of liturgical texts that are used in the Eastern Church, and is a very important component of the liturgical books owned by a parish.

When a parish is not able to afford a complete set of menaia as often happens in mission situations , or if they do not have the texts for a particular saint they wish to commemorate, it is normal to use the General Menaion to fill in for those services which are missing. There are currently no editions of the General Menaion in print in English. However, there are several versions available online linked below.

Tikhon Orthodox Seminary Press. This edition is based on the Greek Menaion, but attempts to note major differences with the Slavonic texts, and often provides alternative texts and rubrics accordingly. Please consider supporting OrthodoxWiki. From OrthodoxWiki. Jump to: navigation , search. Categories : Feasts Liturgics. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. Namespaces Page Discussion. Views Read View source View history. This page was last edited on November 6, , at This page has been accessed 53, times.


The General Menaion

Autocephaly recognized universally de facto , by some Autocephalous Churches de jure. The Menaion is the largest volume of the propers for the Byzantine Rite and is used at nearly all the daily services. The complete Menaion is published in twelve volumes, one for each month; the first volume is for September which commences the Byzantine liturgical year. The Festal Menaion is an abridged version containing texts for those great feasts falling on the fixed cycle, some editions also containing feasts of the major saints.





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