Liturgical papyrus

Description

This fifth-century fragment of a liturgical roll contains the text of an evening prayer that is still in use in the Greek Church at festal Compline services. It is an early example of a process whereby occasionally recorded hymns and prayers are assembled into a continuous sequence corresponding to liturgical needs.

Full title:
Liturgical papyrus
Created:
5th century
Format:
Papyrus
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Papyrus 873

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Article by:
Peter Toth
Theme:
Religion

In addition to the many surviving copies of Greek biblical texts, a wide range of manuscripts dealing with church services survive from the Byzantine era. Here, Peter Toth gives a brief overview of this material.