Digitized Manuscripts: Faceted Search

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This table searches all collections of Syriac and Garshuni manuscripts that are freely available online by key terms. Click any of the categorized menu items to narrow down your search. If you would like to sort the manuscripts by shelf-mark or date, or search by general keyword, see our other table here, which includes all the same manuscript data.

*The Approximate Date column is derived from the best available information for the manuscript. This is not asserted as a scholarly position on the dating of the manuscript. Instead, it is merely used here for the convenience of being able to sort all manuscripts by numerical date. The user should keep in mind that there may be considerable debate over the precise dating of the manuscript and should consult the manuscript repository and relevant scholarly literature for details.

Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Vat. sir. 42 1,603 CE Syriac

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • f. 1v-25r The Order of Priests
  • f. 25v-50v The Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles
  • f. 51r-62v The liturgy of Nestorius
  • f. 63r-81r The Order fo Baptism, composed by Isho'yahb, Catholicos of Adiabene
  • f. 81v-86v The order of absolution, composed by Isho'yahb, Catholicos of Adiabene
  • f. 87r-93v Admonitions of the holy altar
  • f. 94r-104v Admonitions of Baptism and the Eucharist
  • f. 105r-105v Blessing of the table
  • f. 106 r/v Blessing of the bread
  • f. 106v Blessing of the chalice of wine
  • f. 107r Prayer for the infirm
  • f. 107v Prayer for the infant
  • f. 107v Blessing of the chalice of the oblation
  • f. 108r-122r Consecration of the altar
  • f. 122v-164v Prayers of Elijah III, Catholicos
  • f. 165r ff. Blessing of the mass for the dead
Vat. sir. 45 1,556 CE Syriac

Catalog entry in Assemani

Chaldean Pontifical

  • Consecration of the altar with oil
  • Instruction on the consecration of an altar when it is desecrated
  • Consecration of an altar without oil
  • Sign made over the chalice
  • Order of the ordination of deacons
  • Ordination of presbyters
  • Order of the Habit of monks
  • Order of the tonsure of monks, made by Rabban Pethion, the priest and monk
  • Order of the tonsure of nuns
  • Ordination of deaconesses
  • Ordination of Archdeacons
  • Order of installation of abbots
  • Order of the laying on of hands of a Bishop
  • Order of the perfection of a Bishop to Catholicos
  • Ordination of the Catholicos
  • The 'Onitha for Mar John Sulaqa, Catholicos Patriarch who was ordained in Rome the great by the hands of Pope Julius IV, composed by Mar 'Abdisho', Metropolitan of the tiny Gazarta
  • 'Abdisho (of Gazarta), 7-syllable poem on the Patriarch John
  • 'Abdisho (of Gazarta), A third song (7-syllable meter) mourning the death of Patr. John Sulaqa
  • Dionysius bar Ṣalibi, canons and confessions
  • Prayer for the sick
  • Canons
  • Benedictions for when Bishops leave the city
  • Benedictions the Bishop performs which going to a monastery
  • Prayer of benediction when the Bishop leaves the monastery
  • Prayer for the Archimandrites with a benediction
  • Benediction the Bishop performs for scholars
  • Admonition for ordinations
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. 296 Unknown Syriac

Catalog entry in Assemani

  • Liturgy (Melkite Rite)
    • Liturgy of John Chrysostom
    • Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
    • Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
    • Prayer over 8-day old children
    • Entry into the temple
    • St. Basil the Great, Order of baptism
    • Prayer over the baptized 7-days after their baptism
    • Ordination of a reader, sub-deacon, and presbyter
    • Order of the tonsure of monastic novitiates
    • Ordination of the holy order of monk
    • Holy order of the oil
    • Prayers for the sick