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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Vat. sir. 556 1,729 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Binding
  • f. 1v-2v Dedication
  • f. 2v-253r Gospel Lectionary
  • f. 253r-254v In memory of John of the monastery of Busnaya
  • f. 254v-255r Burial of the deacons
  • f. 255r-255v burial of men and children
  • f. 255v-256r Item for women
  • f. 256r-256v Lists of feasts and circumstances, and references to pericope to read at this occasion
  • f. 256v Note, dated to 1729
  • f. 257 Garshuni, prayer
  • Binding
Vat. sir. 647 Unknown Arabic, Garshuni, Syriac

This collection of fragments from Sinai has been published in F. Rillet, "La bibliothèque de Ste-Catherine du Sinaï et ses membra disiecta: nouveau fragments syriaques à la Bibliothèque Vaticane," in R. Lavenant (a c. di), VI Symposium Syriacum 1992 (Rome, 1994): 409-418.

  • f. 1rv Liturgical book (?) 1/1
  • f. 2rv Marian text 1/2
  • f. 3rv Gospels 1/3
  • f. 4rv Lectionary 1/4
  • f. 5rv Menaion 1/5
  • f. 6rv Liturgy (?) 1/6
  • f. 7rv ??? 1/7
  • f. 8rv ??? 1/8
  • f. 9rv ??? 1/9
  • f. 10-23v Memra on the prodigal son; Biblical text (Palimpsest) 2/1
  • f. 24r-26v Psalter; Horologion 3/1
  • f. 27r-28v Irmologion 3/2
  • f. 29r-30v ??? 3/3
  • f. 31rv [Unidentified theological text] 3/4
  • f. 32r-35v [Unidentified hagiographical text] 3/5
  • f. 36r-37v [Unidentified liturgical text] 3/6
  • f. 38r-39v [Unidentified, possibly canons for common days] 3/7
  • f. 40r-41v [Unidentified, Bible, Old testament] 3/8
  • f. 42rv [Unidentified hagiographical text] 3/9
  • f. 43rv ??? 3/10
  • f. 44r-46v Triodion, Pentakostarion 4/1
  • f. 47rv [New Testament Lectionary ?] 4/2
  • f. 48r-49v [Unidentified Liturgical Text] 5/1
  • f. 50rv Arabic note of possession 5/2
  • f. 51rv ??? 5/3
  • f. 52rv [New Testament lectionary ?] 5/4 
  • f. 53rv [Unidentified liturgical text] 5/5
  • f. 54rv Acts of the Apostles 5/6
  • f. 55rv [Acts of the Apostles ?] 5/7
  • f. 56rv [Unidentified liturgical text] 5/8
  • f. 57rv Menaion 5/9
  • f. 58rv [Unidentified liturgical text] 5/10
  • f. 59rv [Unidentified liturgical text] 5/11
  • f. 60rv [Unidentified liturgical text] 5/12
  • f. 61rv [Gospel lectionary ?] 5/13
  • f. 62rv Colophon 5/14
  • f. 63rv Bilingual note 5/15
  • f. 64r-69v [Psalter ?] 6/1
  • f. 70r-73v [New Testament Lectionary?] 6/2
  • f. 74r-79v New Testament Lectionary 6/3
  • f. 80r-83v [Sticherarion?] 6/4
  • f. 84r-85v [Unidentified liturgical text] 6/5
  • f. 86r-87v [Unidentified liturgical text] 6/6
  • f. 88r-91v [Psalter?] 6/7
  • f. 92rv Arabic and Garshuni fragment 6/8
  • f. 93r-95v Arabic 6/9
  • f. 96r-98v [Menaion?] 7/1
  • f. 99r-100v [Menaion?] 7/2
  • f. 101r-104v Old Testament Lectionary 7/3
  • f. 105r-107v [Menaion?] 7/4
  • f. 108r-109v [Gospel lectionary?] 7/5
  • f. 110rv [Gospel lectionary?] 7/6
  • f. 111r-112v [Liturgical text?] and Colophon 7/7
  • f.113rv [Menaion?] 7/8
  • f. 114rv [Kanonarion?] 7/9
  • f. 115r-116v Menaion [summary] 7/10
  • f. 117r-120v Notes in Syriac, Arabic, and Greek 7/11
  • f. 121r-128v Menaion for January 8/1
  • f. 129r-132v Oktoeikos 8/2
  • f. 133r-135v Old Testament Lectionary 8/3
  • f. 136r-138v [Triodion?] 8/4
  • f. 139r-141v [Unidentified liturgical text] 8/5
  • f. 142r-143v [Unidentified liturgical text] 8/6
  • f. 144r-147v [Unidentified liturgical text] 8/7
  • f. 148r-151v [Table of lections?] 8/8
  • f. 152r-155v [Unidentified liturgical text] 9/1
  • f. 156rv Gospel 9/2
  • f. 157rv [Acts of the Apostles?] 10/1
  • f. 158r-159v [Unidentified liturgical text] 10/2
  • f. 160r-162v [Synaxarion?] 10/3
  • f. 163rv [Acts of the Apostles?] 10/4
  • f. 164r Colophon 10/5
  • f. 165rv 10/6
  • 10/7? [Gospel?] 10/7
  • f. 166r [Unidentified liturgical text?] 10/8
  • f. 167rv Colophon [Oktoeikos?] 10/9
  • f. 168rv [Arabic and Syriac Horologion ?] 10/10
  • f. 169r-174v [Unidentified liturgical text?] 11/1
  • f. 175r-178v [Unidentified liturgical text?] 11/2
Vat. sir. 36 1,597 CE Garshuni, Syriac

Catalog entry from Assemani

  • f. 1-34 Missal (Jacobite Rite)
    • Anaphora of the Twelve Apostles
    • Anaphora of Peter the Apostle
    • Anaphora of St. Eustathius
    • Anaphora of St. John (bishop of Haran Habura and Nisibis)
    • Anaphora of Dionysius bar Ṣalibi
  • Porphyry, Isagoge
  • The way of finding East
  • Bishop Moses, excerpts from Yaḥya ibn 'Adī
    • Against those who affirm that Christ was not truly crucified
    • Against those who maintain the Christian Gospel has been corrupted
    • The world was not from eternity
  • Bishop Moses, Excerpt from an Arabic grammar
  • Jacob of Sarug, a philosophical poem: On being, substance, and accidents
  • Baptismal Rite
  • Gregory bar 'Ebroyo, Syriac Grammar
  • Bishop Moses, Syriac-Arabic Lexicon
  • Catalog of the works of Bar 'Ebroyo
Vat. sir. 44 1,691 CE Garshuni, Syriac

​Catalog entry in Assemani

Liturgy (Chaldean Rite)

  • Order of Holy Baptism 
  • Liturgy of the apostles
  • Gospel lections
Vat. sir. 91 1,551 CE Garshuni, Syriac

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Elijah III, also known as Abu-Halim, Homilies to be read in the morning
    • On the Nativity of our Lord
    • Another on the Nativity
    • On the commemoration of St. Mary
    • Another on the commemoration of St. Mary
    • On the Epiphany of our Lord
    • Another on the Epiphany
    • Monday of the Rogation, week 1
    • Another Monday of the Rogation, week 1
    • Monday of the rogation, week 2
    • Mar Shallita, Tuesday of the Rogation, week 1
    • George of Arbela, Tuesday of the Rogation
    • Elijah of Nisibis, Tuesday of the Rogation, week 2
    • Another Elijah of Nisibis, Tuesday of the Rogation, week 2
    • Elijah of Nisibis, Wednesday or the Rogation, week 1
    • Another Elijah of Nisibis, Wednesday or the Rogation
    • Elijah of Nisibis, Wednesday of the Rogation, week 2
    • Elijah of Nisibis, On the ablution of Wednesday of Rogation
    • On holy Commemoration
    • Another on the holy Commemoration
    • Friday, on the departed 
    • Sunday of the entrance of the Fast
    • Another on the Sunday of the entrance of the Fast
    • Another on the Sunday of the entrance of the Fast
    • George of Arbela, On the Five Sundays of the Fast
    • Elijah the Patriarch, on the Five Sundays of the Fast
    • On the Festival of Hosannas
    • Another on the Festival of Hosannas
    • On the feast of the Resurrection
    • Another on the feast of the Resurrection
    • On the Monday of Holy Week
    • Another on the Monday of Holy Week
    • On the Feast of the Ascension
    • Another on the feast of the Asension
    • On the Feast of Pentecost
    • Elijah of Anbar, Another on the feast of Pentecost
    • Elijah the Patriarch, On Adoration for the liturgy
    • Elijah the Patriarch, On the Festival of the Transfiguration
    • Elijah the Patriarch, Another on the Festival of the Transfiguration
    • Elijah the Patriarch, On the Feast of the cross
    • Elijah the Patriarch, Another on the Feast of the cross
    • Presbyter Abul 'azziz,  Sunday of the dedication of the Church
    • Presbyter Abul 'azziz,  Another on the Sunday of the dedication of the Church
    • Blessings of the prayers of the morning and evening of Sundays and feasts
    • Benediction of the mystery over the door of the χόγχη
    • Prayers said before the 'Onyatha preceding and following hte feast of the Nativity
    • Various prayers
    • Questions and Answers which our Lord gives through Matthew, Mark, and Luke
    • On the one old Gospel upon the altar of the holy church of the dispersion of the Romans in the city of Baghdad...
    • An older note of Bishop Makika from Baladam
    • A song of Simeon on the Paraclete, for the second day of the deposition of the dead (Garshuni)
Vat. sir. 199 1,545 CE Garshuni

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Life of St. Maron
  • Homily on Penitence
  • Story of the three holy Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
  • Death of Isaac the patriarch
  • Death of Jacob the patriarch
  • Jacob of Sarug, Homily on the thief
  • Life of St. Alexei
  • History of St. Abdulmasih
  • Lives of Ss. Sergius and Bacchus
  • Life of St. Marina
  • Life of St. Susanna
  • On Isaac, the son of Abraham the Patriarch
  • Life of St. John
  • Life of Paul
  • On St. Abba Ammon
  • On the Seven children of Ephesus
  • Life of St. Cyril
  • Life of St. Martinianus the Anchorite
  • Life of St. Archelidos
  • History of the Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul
  • Homily on Penitence
  • Life of St. Dionysius the Aereopagite
  • Jacob of Sarug, Homily on Constantine the great
  • Life of St. Simon
  • Life of Ahiqar the sage
  • Fables of Shaddad, son of 'Addi and Solomon, son of David
  • Letter from heaven given by Athanasius Patriarch of Alexandria
  • History of the conception and nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary by her mother Anna
  • Narration of bribery
  • Fable of a certain prince
  • Homily of St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • Questions and answers
  • History of Pontius Pilate
  • Apostolic Constitutions
  • Homily of St. John Chrysostom
  • Ephrem Syrus, On wrestling with the Devil
  • Prayer for the sick and penitential
Vat. sir. 440 1,736 CE Garshuni

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Preparation of priests for the Mass
  • Giving of Thanks
  • Various Psalms of David