The Typikon Decoded: An Explanation of Byzantine Liturgical Practice

Archbishop Job Getcha
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The Byzantine liturgy, with its beauty, its richness, and its depth, intrigues, inspires, and fascinates a great number of today’s Christians; and yet it remains for many almost inaccessible if not incomprehensible. The Typikon, the liturgical book that contains the order of the liturgical celebration, is complex, whence the necessity of “decoding” it both for recent converts and for “cradle” Orthodox Christians desiring to deepen their liturgical experience.

And that “decoding” is the goal of this book. Developed from courses given at the Institut Saint-Serge in Paris, it covers the celebration of the offices throughout the Byzantine liturgical year. The organization and composition of the liturgical offices are first situated in the context of their historical development, and then are analyzed in detail from a practical point of view.

This explanation of Byzantine liturgical practice, the first of its kind in English, includes an extensive bibliography and comprehensive glossary.


About the Author:  Archimandrite Job Getcha is the former Dean of the Institut Saint-Serge in Paris, and professor there of liturgy and church history, as well Senior Scholar at the Institut Catholique de Paris. Archimandrite Job is on the faculty at the Institute of Postgraduate Studies in Orthodox Theology at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambesy, Switzerland. 

About the Editor:  Paul Meyendorff is the Fr Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, author of The Anointing of the Sick, and the Editor of this series.

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    Understanding the Typikon

    Posted by Amber on 19th Oct 2023

    This book is incredibly useful in two ways. The first is in understanding the development of our services and specifically of the Typikon, which organizes the changeable parts of our liturgical life. In this way it is invaluable, and so interesting to learn things about the services that I didn't know before. The second usefulness is as a resource for navigating using the Typikon. It is moderately useful in this way, but especially when first beginning to construct services.