P.Vindob. G 2326

Trismegistos: 64614

Transcription based on: Bickell, G. “Das Älteste Liturgische Schriftstück.” Pages 83–86 in Mittheilungen aus der Sammlung der Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer. Wein: Verlag der k.k. Hofund Staatsdruckerei, 1887; Wessely, C. “10. Fragment liturgique pour la fête de l’Épiphanie.” Pages 438–439 in Les plus anciens monuments du Cristianisme écrits sur papyrus: Textes édites, traduits et annotés. Patrologia Orientalis 18.3. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1924; and Förster, Hans. “Das angeblich älteste liturgische Schriftstück. Neuedition von P. Vindob. G. 2326.” ZAC 1 (1997): 169–77. A larger discussion of the papyrus is in Leclercq, Henri. “Antiphonaire.” Dictionnaire d’archéologie Chrétienne et de liturgie 2:2440–43. [Note: the orthography in the papyrus is pretty crazy, and rather than footnote all the corrections to normal orthography, I have just used the normal orthography. — RB]

Fragment 1

recto

  1. † ο γεννηθεις εν Βηθλεεμ και ανατραφεις εν Ναζαρετ, κατοικησας εν τη Γαλιλαια
  2. ειδομεν σημειον εξ ουρανου· τω αστερος φανεντος, ποιμενες αγραυλουντες*
  3. εθαυμασαν· ου γονυπεσοντες ελεγον· δοξα τω Πατρι αλληλουια·*
  4. δοξα τω Υιω και τω αγιω Πνευματι, αλληλουια, αλληλουια, αλληλουια.
  1. † He who was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, living in Galilee,
  2. we have seen a sign from heaven, the star shining. Shepherds who lived outdoors*
  3. were astonished, who kneeling down were saying: “Glory to the Father, alleluia;*
  4. Glory to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.”

† He who was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, living in Galilee, we have seen a sign from heaven, the star shining. Shepherds who lived outdoors were astonished, who were kneeling down and saying: “Glory to the Father, alleluia! Glory to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!”

verso

  1. τυβι ε*
  2. †† εκλεκτος ο αγιος Ιωαννης ο βαπτιστης ο κηρυξας μετανοιαν
  3. εν ολω τω κοσμω εις αφεσιν των αμαρτιων ημων.
  1. December 31*
  2. †† Chosen/Elect Holy John the Baptist who preached repentance
  3. in the whole world to forgiveness of our sins.

December 31

†† Chosen/Elect Holy John the Baptist who preached repentance in the whole world to forgiveness of our sins.

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