Liturgy of Saint Basil

One of the advantages of being a member of a tiny (in this part of the world) Church, and having a priest who is pioneering the translation of Orthodox liturgical texts into Afrikaans, is that it presents unique opportunities for bookbinding. I have just completed a book of texts for the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great (which is used during Great Lent) and am working on another of the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom which will be somewhat more elaborate. 

One is not supposed to use leather on the altar and so I have bound it in Irish linen with a simple embroidered design on the cover. It is made from handmade paper and stitched on bands. The front end page has an icon of Saint Basil worked into the paper – made by couching two sheets of paper together with the icon between them.

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