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The Royal Hours of Pentecost

The Royal Hours of Pentecost


The Royal Hours of Pentecost was a liturgical service composed by Fr. Nicholas Malachos of Nafplio in the mid-16th century, about 100 years after the fall of Constantinople. Mirroring the pre-Christmas and pre-Epiphany Royal Hours services still in use today, his composition was published in two editions of the Pentecostarion before disappearing into obscurity.

Translated into English for the first time, this text offers an insight into the Orthodox Church of the 16th century and a fragment of forgotten liturgy composed by a pious priest living in troubled times. It is certainly interesting food for thought and meditation on the Feast of Pentecost, which the service’s Kontakion calls "the last and greatest Feast."