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Lincoln College MS. Gr. 4

Diktyon no.: 48658

Acts and Epistles Lectionary; first half of the 11th c.


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols. 16r–107v)

Readings (from the Acts and Epistles) for the movable feast cycle: the beginning and end are lost, so that the first partly extant reading is for Monday of Week 2 (after Easter) and the last partly extant one is for the first Sunday of Lent.

2. (fols. 7r–14v)

Readings for the feast days from 4 December through 6 January: beginning and end lost.

3. (fol. 15r-v)

Readings for the feast days from 8 through 11 May: beginning and end lost.

4. (fols. 2r–3v)

Readings for the feast days from 15 through 31 August: beginning lost.

5. (fols. 3v–6v)

Readings for various occasions: εἰς ἐγκαινία ναοῦ, εἰς σχῆμα μοναχοῦ, εἰς σεϊσμόν, εἰς ἀσθενοῦντον, εἰς κοιμηθέντας.

6. (fols. 6v.1r)

List of readings for the feast days of various categories of saints: apostles, prophets, etc.

7. (fol. 1r-v)

Προκείμενα ἑωθινὰ ἀναστάσιμα τῷ ἐυαγγελίῳ, i.e. sixteen matutinal prokeimena (introductory Psalm verses, two in each of the tones) for Sunday readings from the Gospels.

8. (fol.1v )

Προκείμενα ἑωθινὰ τῶν ἑορτῶν, i.e. matutinal prokeimena in Tone IV for readings from the Gospels for the great feasts: Birth of the Virgin, Dormition and other Marian feasts, Elevation of the Cross, Christmas, etc. (end lost).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: i+107+i leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 198 × 147 mm.


When the spine was replaced, all leaves were remounted on paper, making it impossible to distinguish their original quire structure. The scribe signed his quires in the lower inner corner at their beginning and at their end: ε´ (ff. 40r, 47v), [ϛ´] (ff. 48r, 55v), ζ´ (ff. 56r, 63v), η´ (f. 64r), θ´ (f. 79v), ια´ (ff. 87r, 94v), ιβ´ (ff. 95r, 102v), [ιζ´] (f. 7r), ιθ´ (f. 15r), [κ´] (f. 2r). Illegible signatures (marked here with []) have been repeated by a later hand.


19 lines [ 134 × 98 mm. ], ruling Leroy 20C1


Copied by a single anonymous scribe.


The ornament is outlined in the same brown and red inks that were used for the text, and painted in red, yellow, and blue.

There are headbands on ff. 1r-v, 3v, 6v, 11r, 67r, and 105v.

A painted initial letter marks the beginning of each reading.


Binding (probably eighteenth-century) of marbled paper over pasteboard. The endpapers and pastedowns contain no watermarks. The spine has been replaced in the twentieth century.


Origin: first half of the 11th c.

Provenance and Acquisition

Entry by an untrained hand in the upper margin of f. 5r: Μανόλης του Αβράμη ετες το βυβληω.

Ownership note in calligraphic handwriting of the fourteenth or fifteenth century in the upper margin of f. 66r: Τούτο τὸ βιβλί(ον) ἐστιν Ιω(άννου) του Τριναβιότου καὶ εἴ τις ἱερεὺς τ⟨ὸ λάβῃ⟩ | καὶ ὁδιγή τ(ὸν) ὁ Θ(εὸ)ς ἀς τὸν μνημονεύει.

Bequeathed by Sir George Wheler (1651–1724), who acquired it during his journey to Greece in 1675–1676.

Record Sources

Description by Georgi Parpulov (2023).


Last Substantive Revision

2023-07: New description by Georgi Parpulov.