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An '''apostolos''' or '''epistle''' is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of persons, usually a letter and a very formal, often didactic and elegant one. The letters from [[Apostles]] to Christians in the [[New Testament]] are often referred to as epistles.
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The '''Apostolos''' is the [[Liturgical books|liturgical book]] containing the various Apostolic Readings as are appointed by the [[lectionary]].
  
In the context of the [[Divine Liturgy]] or other liturgical service, ''epistle'' may refer more specifically to a particular passage from a New Testament epistle that is scheduled to be read on a certain day or at a certain occasion, and the ''Apostolos'' is the liturgical book containing the various epistle readings as they appointed by the [[lectionary]].
 
  
== [[Apostle Paul|Pauline]] Epistles ==
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An ''apostolos'' or ''epistle'' is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of persons, usually a letter and a very formal, often didactic and elegant one. The letters from [[Apostles]] to Christians in the [[New Testament]] are often referred to as epistles.
*[[Book of Romans|The Epistle of Paul to the Romans]]
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==Liturgical use==
*[[I Corinthians|The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians]]
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In the context of the [[Divine Liturgy]] or other liturgical service, ''epistle'' may refer more specifically to a particular passage from a New Testament epistle, or from the [[Acts of the Apostles]], that is scheduled to be read on a certain day or at a certain occasion.
*[[II Corinthians|The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians]]
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*[[Galatians|The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians]]
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*[[Ephesians|The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians]]
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*[[Philippians|The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians]]
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*[[Colossians|The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians]]
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*[[I Thessalonians|The First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians]]
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*[[II Thessalonians|The Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians]]
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*[[I Timothy|The First Epistle of Paul to Timothy]]
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*[[II Timothy|The Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy]]
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*[[Book of Titus|The Epistle of Paul to Titus]]
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*[[Book of Philemon|The Epistle of Paul to Philemon]]
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*[[Book of Hebrews|The Epistle to the Hebrews]]<sup>[[#Notes|1]]</sup>
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== General Epistles ==
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The liturgical book itself, often has the readings arranged in three parts:
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# according to the Orthodox liturgical year, the [[Pentecostarion|Pascha season]], the weeks after [[Pentecost]], and the season of [[Lenten Triodion|pre-Lenten, Great Lent, and Holy Week]].
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# [[Fixed feast|fixed feast]] days,
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# and special Services such as Weddings or Baptism .
  
*[[Book of James|The General Epistle of James]]
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Another form of the book is the complete Acts and Epistles with an index of the readings, and with the proper introduction, such as "Brethren..." or "In those days...".
*[[I Peter|The First Epistle of Peter]]
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*[[II Peter|The Second Epistle of Peter]]
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*[[I John|The First Epistle of John]]
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*[[II John|The Second Epistle of John]]
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*[[III John|The Third Epistle of John]]
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*[[Book of Jude|The Epistle of Jude]]
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== Apocalyptic Epistle ==
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Also in this book, are the [[Prokeimenon]] and Alleluia Verses for each reading. 
*[[Book of Revelation|The Book of Revelation]] (or The Apocalypse of [[Apostle John|John]])
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==See also==
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==External links==
*[[Gospels]]
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*[http://www.ctosonline.org/liturgical/EL.html The Epistle Lectionary] - The Apostolos of the Greek Orthodox Church According to the King James Version (Byzantine Style Lectionary)
*[[Holy Scripture]]
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*[http://www.stspress.com/detail.aspx?ID=3122 The Apostol] (Slavic Style Apostolos, Traditional English translation)
 
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*[http://www.orthodox.net/ustav/lectionary-explained.html Orthodox Christian Scripture Lectionary] - An Examination of how the Gospel and Apostolos Lectionary is used throughout the year
== Notes ==
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*[http://www.saintjonah.org/services/library.htm Practical Tips on How To Build a Liturgical Library]
&sup1; See note on the [[Apostle Paul]] page with regard to authorship of the epistles.
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==External link==
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*[http://www.ctosonline.org/liturgical/EL.html The Epistle Lectionary] - The Apostolos of the Greek Orthodox Church According to the King James Version
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The Apostolos is the liturgical book containing the various Apostolic Readings as are appointed by the lectionary.


An apostolos or epistle is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of persons, usually a letter and a very formal, often didactic and elegant one. The letters from Apostles to Christians in the New Testament are often referred to as epistles.

Liturgical use

In the context of the Divine Liturgy or other liturgical service, epistle may refer more specifically to a particular passage from a New Testament epistle, or from the Acts of the Apostles, that is scheduled to be read on a certain day or at a certain occasion.

The liturgical book itself, often has the readings arranged in three parts:

  1. according to the Orthodox liturgical year, the Pascha season, the weeks after Pentecost, and the season of pre-Lenten, Great Lent, and Holy Week.
  2. fixed feast days,
  3. and special Services such as Weddings or Baptism .

Another form of the book is the complete Acts and Epistles with an index of the readings, and with the proper introduction, such as "Brethren..." or "In those days...".

Also in this book, are the Prokeimenon and Alleluia Verses for each reading.

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