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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.
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:
- according to the Orthodox liturgical year, the Pascha season, the weeks after Pentecost, and the season of pre-Lenten, Great Lent, and Holy Week.
- fixed feast days,
- 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.
- The Epistle Lectionary - The Apostolos of the Greek Orthodox Church According to the King James Version (Byzantine Style Lectionary)
- The Apostol (Slavic Style Apostolos, Traditional English translation)
- Orthodox Christian Scripture Lectionary - An Examination of how the Gospel and Apostolos Lectionary is used throughout the year
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