Book of Gospels

Book

Date:

1681

Materials:

Paper, Silver, Silver gilt and Enamel

Dimensions:

W 14.5 in x H 22 in x D 4.5 in

Accession Number:

61.2007

Credit Line:

FRH Museum Collection

Description

Book of Gospels, printed in Moscow in 1681 (the time of Tsar Feodor Alexeevich and Patriarch Joachim). Printed in Church Slavonic in black and red. Full-page woodcuts of each Evangelist; woodcut borders, ornaments, and initials. Page edges are gilt and gauffered. Cover is silver and gilt silver with chased/repousse floral ornament. Four painted enamel icons of the Evangelists (central icon is missing). Engraved inscription on covers states that this Gospel was redone in 1804 due to its age and the enamel icons added, through the labors of the rector Archpriest Ioann Aaronskii. Along bottom margin of first 17 pages is handwritten inscription in Slavonic, dated 14 July 1689, which states that this Gospel was made with the blessing of Archimandrite Varlaam Iasinskii of the Kiev Caves Lavra for the Church of Saint Theodosius in Pecherskoye, whose rector is Father Ioann Dzenie. The inscription threatens that should anyone dare to remove the Gospel from the Holy Table, he will fall under triple anathema, be distanced from the Kingdom of God and will burn with the heretic Arius in the eternal fire, from which may Christ God deliver all Orthodox Christians.

History Note

From church of St. Theodosius at the Kiev Caves Lavra. Was placed in this curch in the 1680s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved in bottom center of cover: Сiе Евангелiе напрестолное Кiевопечерской церкви Преподобнаго Ѳеодосiя. По ветхости его вновъ переделано въ 1804 году с прибавленiемъ финифтовых иконъ старанiемъ тамошняго настоятеля протоиерея Iоанна Ааронскаго. On bottom margin of first 17 pages is inscription in Slavonic: Року ҂ахпѳ М҃ца Iюля, д҃i дня. Сiя книга Еѵангелiе напрестолное, справлено есть за благословенieм въ Богу превелебного его милости отца нашего Варлаама Ясинского Архимандрита святыя Великiя Чудотворныя Лаѵры Печерскiя Кiевскiя до Церкви Преподобнаго Отца нашего Ѳeодосiа в Местечку Печерскомъ. тщанiемъ честнаго въ Богу Велебного Господина Отца Иоанна Дзенѣ, священика тойже Церкви Преподобнаго Ѳeoдосiя Печерского. которое то Еѵангелiе имать стояти не ПРЕСТОЛѢ реченно Церкви вечными часы. А дерзнулъ ли кто от ПРЕСТОЛА вышописаного сiе Еѵангелiе отдати; виненъ таковый мѣетъ под анаѳему треклятну подпасти, и от царствiя Божiя отдаленымъ быти, с Арiемъ же раздершим и отдалившим Вѣры Еѵангелiя, имать вѣчне в огни неугасимом горѣти. Сего же дерзновенiя избави нас всѣхъ Православныхъ Христiанъ твоихъ Христе Боже наш Аминь. [orthography of this transcription is not exact]