The Holy Gospel book contains the full text of the four Gospels, marked according to liturgical use in the Orthodox Church. It uses the Eastern/Greek Orthodox Bible (EOB), a formal Modern English translation from the Patriarchal Text of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the official Greek translation of the Orthodox Church. Designed for both private reading and liturgical use, The Holy Gospel contains an extensive, Pan-Orthodox calendar of liturgical readings; detailed instructions for use; a complete table of moveable dates through the year 2100; translation notes and footnotes; and more. Four ribbon bookmarks make use easy.
Attention to design was very important to this project. The Gospel Book features beautiful black-and-red printing and gorgeous full-page iconography and ornamentation. Complete with a handsome foil-stamped, cloth-bound hardcover, it is a dignified and holy book worthy of the words of Christ contained within.
A perfect companion to The Holy Apostle, no home prayer library is complete without The Holy Gospel. It would likewise find a perfect place in a clergy home visit kit, travel altar, or church confessional. Makes a perfect gift for graduates and any occasion.
- Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 inches (similar to popular pocket-size prayer books)
- Cover: Hardcover, cloth bound, with gold foil stamp design on front and back
- Pages: 418 archival paper pages, two-color printing, 4 ribbon bookmarks
- Language: English (EOB Bible Translation)
- Published by Saint Ignatius Orthodox Press
The quality and care put into crafting The Gospels book has to be seen to be believed. The look inside and out is artful, with few but wonderful illustrations. The text is formatted to read with great ease, and the feel from cover to page causes me read with great care. The finest book in my collection for quality and of course, above all, content.
This book makes reading the Gospels an even greater delight. The paper feels like it has more "character" than ordinary thin Bible type paper. The guides for reading are helpful, and there are prayers at the beginning and end of the Gospel that ask for help in understanding and applying the Gospel to our lives. There are plenty of calendars, guides, etc for movable feasts and such. It is all fairly easy to follow and understand (and I am not a full Orthodox Member).
The one thing that I wish could have been avoided (but I don't think it is possible) is the tightness of the spine/binding. Whenever I open the book, I fear that I am going to break the binding, however, slow, careful, and consistent reading will eventually loosen the spine and remedy the problem. I look forward to the release of the Epistles.
This is a lovely Book of the Gospels, and at only $30 it is very reasonable and offers a very good value. I only wish they also offered the Book of the Epistles! :)
I love having this Gospel. It looks very classy and attractive, but very usable! Can't wait for the release of the Epistles, too!
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