The Armenian Prayer Book of St. Gregory of Narek

 
9789993085324: The Armenian Prayer Book of St. Gregory of Narek

Published on the millennium of St. Gregory of Narek's death in 1003, this is a pocket-size English translation of his 95 Prayers, also known as the Book of Lamentations. For centuries Armenians have attributed healing powers to this book, which they placed under the pillows of the infirm. This book is holds the key to the Armenian Christian soul.

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Born circa 950 to a family of scholarly churchmen, St. Greogry entered Narek Monastery on the southeast shore of Lake Van at a young age. Shortly before the first millennium of Christianity, Narek Monastery was a thriving center of learning.

These were the relatively quiet, creative times before the Turkic and Mongol invasions that changed Armenian life forever. Armenia was experiencing a renaissance in literature, painting, architecture and theology, of which St. Gregory was a leading figure.

This Prayer Book is the work of his mature years. He called it his last testament: "its letters like my body, its message like my soul." St. Gregory left this world in 1003, but his voice continues to speak to us.

Review:

The English translation flows, preserving the saint's lyrical poetry as if the translation came from St. Gregory's hand. -- Armenia TV, September 28, 2001

The best translation of Narekatsi in any language. -- Hayots Ashkhar, September 28, 2001

The best translation of Narekatsi in any language. -- Hayots Ashkhar, September 28, 2001

Translated from the original Classical Armenian by a scholar well-versed in the language, Bible and Armenian theology. --A1+ TV Interview, September 25, 2001

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