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MS. Holkham Gr. 5

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

Parts of the Horologion, including Menologion (fols 1r-49r) with Anastasima Apolytikia (fols 49r-53r) as well as Apolytikia and Kontakia from the Triodion and Pentecostarion (fols 53r-62r)


Language(s): Greek


Menologion with Apolytikia and Kontakia of the feasts of Lord as well as Saints’ of the entire year (Cf. Horologion, pp. 127–218)

Rubric: Μηνολόγιον σὺν Θ(ε)ῶ περιέχων τὰ Ἀπολυτίκια μετὰ καὶ κοντακίων τῶν δεσποτικῶν ἑορτῶν· οὐ μὴν ἀλλὰ καὶ τῶν ἑορταζομένων ἁγίων τοῦ ὅλου ἐνιαυτοῦ.

fols 1r-8r September

fols 8r-11v October

fols 12r-18v November

fols 18v-24v December

fols 24v-30r January

fols 30r-33r February

fols 33r-34v March

fols 34v-36v April

fols 36v-39v May

fols 39v-42r June

fols 42r-45v July

fols 45v-49r August

Anastasima Apolytikia

With Theotokia and Hypakoes in each of the eight modes; (Cf. Horologion, pp. 234–236)

fols 49r-v

fols 49v-50r

fols 50r-v

fols 50v-51r

fols 51r-v

fols 51v-52r

fols 52r-53r.

Apolytikia and Kontakia from Triodion and Pentekostarion (Cf. Horologion, pp. 219–233)
Rubric: Ὑπόμνησις μικρὰ ἐκ τοῦ Τριῳδίου τὰ ἀπολυτίκια σὺν τῶν κοντακίων τῆς μεγάλης τεσσαρακοστῆς, μέχρι τῶν ἁγίων πάντων
(fols 53r-57v)

from the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee to Holy Saturday

(fols 57v-61v)

from Easter to the Sunday of All Saints

(fols 61v-62r)

Explanation on non-Fasting rules after the week of Pentecost.

4. (fols 62r-64r)
Collection with Spiritual Advices from the Holy Fathers
Rubric: Συλλογὴ ἐκ τῶν θείων καὶ ἱερῶν πατέρων. in marg. πρόσχες
Incipit: Γίνωσκε, τέκνον, ὅτι ὀκτώ εἰσιν οἱ λογισμοί
Explicit: καὶ ὅτι σήμερον αὐτὸς καὶ αὕριον ἐγώ
5. (fol. 64r)

Note explaining the Gospel order from Easter to Pentecost, added by a different hand

Incipit: ⟨Δ⟩έον ἐστι γινώσκειν καὶ τὰ ἑωθινὰ εὐαγγέλια τὰ ἀναστάσιμα πῶς ὀφείλει ἀναγινώσκεσθαι ἀπὸ τῆς μεγάλης κυριακῆς ἄχρι τῆς Ν’
Explicit: κατὰ ματθαῖον ἑωθινὸν α’.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment.
Extent: iii (paper leaves) + 64 parchment leaves + iii paper end leaves (numbered 66–67)
Dimensions (leaf): 145 × 105 mm.


20 lines per page.


Typical brown Holkham binding, with the Holkham crest in gilt in the centre of the upper cover. Rebacked 1991. SPINE: ‘SANCTORUM/ ANECDOTA/ MS./ GR./ MS. HOLKHAM Gr. 5 ', and, at the bottom, '51[4]'.


Origin: 14th c.

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. iv Th. William Coke’s signature, fol. ii Holk. Cat. No 94 (95 was crossed out) CI 14 (in pencil)

fol. 1r Liber D. Grimani Card. St. Marci (brownish ink). Grimani’s possession: According to Vat. lat. 3960, fols 1*-13*: 73. Hymni quidam ecclesiastici. C. 3. 4. 73 (H26)// H26: Horologium siue hymni Ecclesiastici. Pic. Cesis p. 60: Monologium (sic) de festivitatis domini ms. in membr. n. 657/ Kibre 329: M. Graecus. 657// ? Not.= Bodl. Holkham 5 (Card Grimani).

Old Catalogue Nrs: 18 (pencil) No 49 (black ink)

Holkham Hall

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (February 2017), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.