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Manuscript Name / Shelf Mark / Project Number Approximate Date Language The main body text Link to Digitized Manuscript
Vat. sir. 51 pt. 1 1,100 CE Syriac

See entry in Assemani

  • Binding
  • West Syrian Pontifical of Michael the Patriarch
  • Binding
Vat. sir. 51 pt. 2 1,100 CE Syriac

See entry in Assemani

  • Binding
  • West Syrian Pontifical of Michael the Patriarch
  • Binding
St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 2-4 1,300 CE Syriac

See entry at CPART and in Macomber. Baumstark 18.

  • f. 9v-192r Syrian Orthodox Pontifical Ritual
    • f. 9v-15v The Harangue (?) decreed by St. Jacob, Metropolitan of Mayāfāqīn, the city of the martyrs of Mesopotamia
    • f. 17v-22r Exhortation or instructions to priests and deacons, which the Patriarch or Metropolitan delivers before ordaining them
    • f. 22v-49v Rite of ordinations of priests and deacons
    • f. 50r-52v The rite of consecration of the oil with which those being baptized are anointed before their descent into the baptismal font
    • f. 53v-91r The consecration of altars, altar stones and sanctuaries, after the office of matins
    • f. 91v-127r The rite of ordination of high priests, or metropolitans, and bishops
    • f. 127v-169v The rite of consecration of chrism
    • f. 170r-182v Explanation of the consecration of chrism
    • f. 183r-186r Prayers of every sort
      • f. 183r When visiting the sick
      • f. 183r When the priest enters a monastery
      • f. 183v When the priest enters the houses of the faithful
      • f. 183v For youths
      • f. 183v-184r For someone who is baptized by heretics and returns
      • f. 184r For someone who is possessed by demons
      • f. 184rv That a person prays for himself when he is possessed by a demon or by any person
      • f. 184v for someone who is setting out on a journey and asks for prayer
      • f. 184v-185r what the person who is setting forth recites for himself
      • f. 185r For someone who violates his oaths repents
      • f. 185rv For the ordination of an abbot or visitor
      • f. 185v-186r For an altar place that a pagan, or barbarian, or heretic has entered and defiled
    • f. 186v-190r Prayers (of blessing recited) over the people
      • f. 186v-187v In the meter of Mar Ephrem
      • f. 187v-190r In the meter of Mar Jacob of Sarug
    • f. 191v-192r Prayer for someone who returns from captivity and has violated his profession of faith
St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 2-5 1,279 CE Syriac

See entry at CPART and in Macomber

  • f. 1v-134r Syrian Orthodox Pontifical Ritual
    • f. 1v-2r Preface
    • f. 2r-47v The rite of the consecration of chrism
    • f. 47v-49v The prayers over the ointment of oil that is used for anointing (in baptism)
    • f. 49v-51v Other prayers over the ointment fo prayer, that is, of healing
    • f. 51v-83v The rite of the consecration of the church
    • f. 84r-98v Sequence, that is, the order of ceremonies  and rite of the consecration of altars, that is, or the tablets on the altar table
    • f. 99r-134r Oder of ceremonies of all sacerdotal and holy ordinations
      • f. 99r-105v Harangue which the high priest ought to read out to those who wish to be ordained
      • f. 105v-110v Admonition of the bishop to those being ordained
      • f. 110v-112r Responses that are chanted in the ordination of deacons, priests and bishops, that is, in every ordination
      • f. 112v-122r The rite of ordination of deacons
      • f. 122v-132r The rite of ordination of priests
      • f. 132r-134r And when the circumstances compel the bishop to ordain deacons and priests together, the custom is that there should be this common sedro
St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 2-10 1,400 CE Garshuni, Syriac

See entry at CPART and In Macomber ([Macomber A]; [Macomber B]; [Macomber C])

  • Part A (14/15th century)
    • f. 1r-23v Fragments of a Syrian Orthodox missal
      • f. 1r-2v, 4rv Anaphora of St. James, with the ordinary of the mass
      • f. 4v-9v Anaphora of John the Evangelist
      • f. 9v-20v Anaphora of St. Philoxenus (of Baghdad, also known as La'zar Bar Shabbta)
      • f. 20v-23v Mar Sa'wira, Rite of the signing of the chalice of holy St. Severus of Antioch. This is a rite for consecrating additional wine for communion when the communion wine that was consecrated during mass runs short
  • ​Part B (17/18th century)
    • f. 3rv A single leaf from a Syrian Orthodox missal containing the anamnesis, epiclesis, and beginnings of the intercessions of the Anaphora of St. John the Evangelist
  • Part C (15th Century)
    • f. 24v-112v Syrian Orthodox Pontifical ritual
      • f. 24v-52v, 60rv, 54rv The book for the consecration of chrism
        • f. 24v-25v Confection of the anointing oil for chrism
        • f. 25v-27v Preparation for the ceremony
        • f. 27v-52v, 60rv, 54rv The rite of the consecration of chrism
      • f. 55r-56v Prayer (recited) Over the anointing oil intended for anointing (those being baptized). Candidates for baptism have their entire bodies anointed with oil just before they are plunged into the font.
      • f. 57r-59v, 53rv, 61r-64v Rite of the ordination of deacons
      • f. 65r-70v Rite of the ordination of priests
      • f. 71r-74r End of the treatise on chrism (Garshuni)
      • f. 74r-79v Rite of the consecration of a church
      • f. 80r-82v End of the bishop's exhortation to those ordained to the priesthood (Garshuni)
      • f. 82v Prayer of the faithful for the priests and deacons who have been ordained (Garshuni)
      • f. 83r-84v Rite of the holy habit of Abba Antonius, which has been translated from the Egyptian language into Syriac
      • f. 84v-85r Rite of the prayer for the consecration of the furniture of the sanctuary and the altar and the vestments that the priest wears at Mass
      • f. 85r-98r Rite of the tonsure of monks according to the tradition of Mount Urhay
      • f. 98r Prayer recited over those who are putting on the garments of the ministry
      • f. 98r-100r Exhortation delivered by one of the saints; it is read to the monks at their clothing (Garshuni)
      • f. 100r-103v Rite of the tonsure of nuns when they are presented for the holy habit of monasticism
      • f. 103v-112v Order, that is, sequence of ceremonies of the consecration of altars, that is, of the tablets on the altar table
St. Mark's Convent, Jerusalem 2-11 1,554 CE Syriac

See entry at CPART and in Macomber

  • Church of the East (Chaldean) Pontifical Ritual
    • f. 1v-137v Pontifical Ritual
      • f. 1v-2r Gospel lection for the ordination of a bishop or of a catholicos
      • f. 3r Instruction concerning the wood from the which the tablitha is made
      • f. 3v-26r Catholicos Mar Isho'yahb of Adiabene, Consecration of the altar place with oil
      • f. 26v-28r Consecration of the altar place without oil
      • f. 28v Signing of the chalice before it goes up to the altar, when they are compelled to consecrate an additional chalice) on a day of great concourse.
      • f. 29rv Instruction concerning ordinations
      • f. 29v-38r Ordinations of lectors, subdeacons, and deacons
      • f. 38v-44v Rite of the ordination of priests
      • f. 44v-46v Rite of the clothing of monks
      • f. 46v-66v Rite of the tonsure of monks
      • f. 66v-77r Rite of the tonsure of women who are nuns
      • f. 77r-78v Rite of the institution of abbots
      • f. 79v-89v Rite of the ordination of bishops
      • f. 90r-93r The rite of the perfection of bishops by catholicoi. In the Church of the East (Nestorian), a bishop could be ordained by a metropolitan, but he could not exercise his full powers until he had gone to the catholicos and been perfected
      • f. 93r-106r Rite of the ordination of catholicoi
      • f. 106r-107r Rite of the ordination of the archdeacon
      • f. 107r-108r Rite when a chorbishop is appointed for a district to act like the archdeacon, who is the visitor of the villages
      • f. 108r-109v Rite of the ordination of women deaconesses
      • f. 110r-111r Rite of the ordination of a Shaharā priest
      • f. 111r-113r Mar 'Abdisho', Catholicos, Prayer that is recited, likewise a prayer of inclination, over a bishop that is translated from one see to another see
      • f. 113rv Summary of the contents of the manuscript
      • f. 115v-137r Mar Isho'yahb of Nisibis, also known as Bar Malkon, Canons of ordination
      • f. 137rv Four prayers for the reconciliation of penitent excommunicated persons: 1) For a bishop who has been degraded, 2) for seculars, 3 and 4) For anyone
Mosul, Iraq, Mar Behnam (Monastery) (MBM 00102) 1,826 CE Garshuni, Syriac

Rite of ordination of bishops and priests

Mosul, Iraq, Mar Behnam (Monastery) (MBM 00205) 1,771 CE Garshuni, Syriac
  • Ignatius Ya'qub I, Patriarch of Antioch, Examination and guidance for the priesthood
Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00398) 1,583 CE Arabic, Latin, Persian, Syriac

See Scher's note on Diyarbakir 95

  • f. 1v-5v Homily for the blessed brethren (Syriac)
  • f. 5v-13v Homily on Repentance (Syriac)
  • f. 15v Story about a monk from Najran (Arabic)
  • f. 16v-53r Gregory bar Hebraeus, On Perfection with additions and commentaries by Khamis bar Qardahe and Īsho'yahb bar Mqaddam (Syriac)
  • f. 53v-55v Ode on the soul, with commentary by Khamis bar Qardahe (Syriac)
  • f. 56r-75r Khamis bar Qardahe, Homilies (Syriac)
  • f. 76v-77r Isho'yahb bar Malkon, Book of Instruction (Syriac) 
  • f. 78v-144v Homily on Rabban Hormizd (Syriac)
  • f. 147v-160v 'Onitha: Pearl of Knowledge (Syriac)
  • f. 172v-182v 'Onitha for the commemoration of Yuliṭa and her son (Syriac)
  • f. 183v-197v 'Abdishō' of Gazarta, Homily on the homonyms (Syriac)
  • f. 198r-203v Riddles (Syriac)
  • f. 204r-204v 'Abdisho' of Gazarta, Turgama of Cyriacus (Syriac)
  • f. 205r-208v Homily of Rogation (Syriac)
  • f. 208v-212v 'Abdisho' of Gazarta, Dismissal prayers in strophes  (Syriac)
  • f. 212v-216v 'Abdisho' of Gazarta, Poems (Syriac)
  • f. 216v-217v Homily about bad time (Syriac)
  • f. 218r-222r Ephrem Syrus, Sermon on Reprehension V (Syriac)
  • f. 223r-227r Jacob of Sarug, Homily on the mysteries of our Lord in the Old Testament (Syriac)
  • f. 227v-232v Credo of the true Orthodox (Syriac)
  • f. 232v-233v Credo of Isho'panaḥ, who was accused of drinking the poison of paganism (Syriac)
  • f. 234v-243r Excerprs from various canonical texts on the election of a patriarch and his rights (Syriac)
  • f. 243v-245r Khamis bar Qardahe, Brief note on heresies and on the pagan gods that were abolished through the coming of Christ (Latin, Persian, Syriac)
  • f. 245v-246v Homily that awakens and exhorts and incites penitents (Syriac)
  • f. 247r-248r Homily about a Syrian Orthodox Patriarch (Syriac)
  • f. 248r-256r 'Abdisho' of Gazarta, Poems (Syriac)
  • f. 256r-258r Riddles (Syriac)
  • f. 258r-266v Poems (Syriac)
  • f. 267r-274v Disputation between a monk of Bet Ḥale and an Arab notable (Syriac)
  • f. 274v-277v On the Trinity (in questions and answers) and other liturgical matters (Syriac)
  • f. 278r-280r Names of the prophets (Syriac)
  • f. 280r-281r On the cities of pagan kingdoms (Syriac)
  • f. 281v-299r Isho'dad of Merv, Excerpts from the Commentary on the New Testament (Syriac)
  • f. 299r-310v Questions on the Pentateuch (Syriac)
  • f. 310v-312v On the barbarious nations that do not know writing and god (Syriac)
  • f. 313r-334v Computus and other astronomical and historical reckonings (Syriac)
  • f. 335v-344v Rite of reception of an ordained bishop
Mardin, Turkey Chaldean Cathedral (CCM 00402) 1,700 CE Mongolian, Syriac
  • f. 1v-55r Gewargis Warda, 'Onyatha for the Rogation of the Ninevites and on penitence (Syriac)
  • f. 55r-56v 'Abdisho' bar Brīkā, Dismissal prayers in Strophes (Syriac)
  • f. 57v-66v 'Onyatha from the life of Rabban Hormizd (Syriac)
  • f. 67r-68v Service for a blessing of the months (Syriac)
  • f. 69r-74v Hymns (Syriac)
  • f. 75r-80v Hymns for New Sunday (Syriac)
  • f. 80v-86v Dismissal Prayers (Syriac)
  • f. 87r-92r Service for a blessing of the months (Syriac)
  • f. 92r-94v Khamis bar Qardahe, Sogitha on economy (Mongolian and Syriac)
  • f. 94v-98v Sogyatha on the Church and on New Sunday (Syriac)
  • f. 99r-109r Midnight service for the fifth Sunday of Lent (Syriac)
  • f. 109r-110v Hymns for the commemoration of saints (Syriac)
  • f. 110v-115v Khamis bar Qardahe, Hymns (Syriac)
  • f. 115v-117v Madrasha (Syriac)
  • f. 117v-124v Madrashe (Syriac)
  • f. 125r-132r Rite of bishop ordination (Syriac)
  • f. 132r-144v Hymns from Ḥudrā (Syriac)