The Theotokarion of St Nicodemos the Hagiorite

At last, the source documents for the 9th century hymnist Thekla the Nun.

The following are downloadable versions of the Theotokarion of St Nicodemos the Hagiorite.

The hymn by Thekla or Thecla  (Θεκλα or Θέκλα in Greek) is probably the one on p. 36+, or the one at the end of the listed authors, often followed by the texts of six unrelated chants.

Woman composer of hymns, Nun Thekla? (Greek: “γυναίκα στους συνθέτες των ύμνων, η Θέκλα, μοναχή Θέκλα”)? “Ύμνοι επίσης σώζονται και από κάποια άλλη γυναίκα με το όνομα Θέκλα χωρίς ωστόσο να σώζονται περισσότερα στοιχεία παρά μόνο το ότι ήταν μοναχή κι αυτή.” (Hymns by another woman named Thekla have also been saved, but no more evidence has been preserved than that she was a nun.)

The hymnal was first released under the title “Crown of the Ever-Virgin” (Greek: Στέφανος της αειπαρθένου) or “Neon Theotokarion” (Greek: Νέον Θεοτοκάριον) printed in Venice in 1796. We know five other versions, in Istanbul in 1849, in Venice in 1883, in Athens in 1906 and 1939, and in Volos in 1974.

There was a second edition from Constantinople in 1849, with many typos corrected. For more detail see similar items from this search at National Library of Greece (search term ‘Θεοτοκάριον νέον‘). There are a number of 1849 copies with no page number formatting.

More about hymns and some translations below the fold.

There is a list of daily Orthodox readings here (in Greek): http://glt.goarch.org/
This blog  has a detailed description of hymn structure and a list of hymnists in the Nicodemos Theotokarion (Συγγραφείς των κανόνων του Θεοτοκάριου ). Hmm,…

Screenshot original st nicodemus anthology p 217 thekla“(At the end of the original version of his Theotokarius, Nicodemus included an annex with six other Theotokian misleading rules in a sounding of the second, a. The most recent is the Cannes Harshonasos in the Most Holy Theotokon , Joseph of the Hymnographer, the famous rule of Akathistos Hymn that is chanted in greetings, of course, without the sins, which are the work of John Damascene.)

“As he states in the preface of his Theotokarius, the Monk Gerasimos Mikraianianitis [iv] , Saint Nicodemus collected the rules from various libraries, while his own work is the seating and the end of the shelter.”

According to this, Thekla the Nun should be on p.224 of this anthology.


English: As far as the hymnographers of the rules are concerned, he mentions them in his preface with lyric expressions such as: Andreas the Cretan, the leader of the melodies and the Swan of the Church, the loud-speaker, Ioannis Damaskinos, the musician and the lioness of Christ the Reds. Theophanis of Nicaea the Written, the songwriting and humorous Kotytyphus, Joseph the Hymnographer, the polyphonist and the seraphon of the faithful Chelides, Ioannis Evahiton, the lilies and the spiritual Siren of the Holy Spirit [iii] etc. In addition to the above, the rest of the hymnographers of Theotokarios are Mithrophanis Smyrni, Theodoros Stoudis, Fotios Konstantinoupolis, Georgios Nikomedias, Theoktistis Stouditis, Pavlos the Amorion, Nikolaos Kadesuginos, Athanasios Konstantinoupoleos, Kallinikos Iraklis, Manuel the Rittor , Ignatius of Constantinople, Ephesus, Theodoros Laskaris, Klimis, Kallinikos of Herakleia, Nicholas , and finally, there is also a woman to the composers of the hymns, Thekla ( sweetheart Echo against Nicodemus).


Greek: Όσον αφορά δε τους υμνογράφους των κανόνων, τους αναφέρει στον πρόλογό του με εκφράσεις λυρικότατες όπως: Ανδρέας ο Κρήτης ο αρχηγός των μελωδών απάντων και Κύκνος της Εκκλησίας ο λιγυρόφωνος, Ιωάννης ο Δαμασκηνός, η μουσικωτάτη και γλυκύφωνος του Χριστού Αηδών. Θεοφάνης Νικαίας ο Γραπτός, ο ηδύλαλος και ωδικότατος Κόττυφος, Ιωσήφ ο υμνογράφος, η πολύφωνος και τορόφωνος των πιστών Χελιδών, Ιωάννης Ευχαϊτων, η μελίφωνος και θελκτήριος Σειρήν του Αγίου Πνεύματος[iii] κλπ. Εκτός από τους παραπάνω, οι υπόλοιποι υμνογράφοι του Θεοτοκάριου είναι οι Μητροφάνης Σμύρνης, Θεόδωρος Στουδίτης, Φώτιος Κωνσταντινουπόλεως, Γεώργιος Νικομηδείας, Θεόκτιστος Στουδίτης, Παύλος ο Αμορίου, Νικόλαος Κατασκεπηνός, Αθανάσιος Κωνσταντινούπολεως, Καλλίνικος Ηρακλείας, Μανουήλ ο Ρήτωρ, Ιγνάτιος Κωνσταντινούπολεως, Μάρκος Εφέσου, Θεόδωρος Λάσκαρις, Κλήμης, Καλλίνικος Ηρακλείας, Νικόλαος, ενώ τέλος, υπάρχει και μια γυναίκα στους συνθέτες των ύμνων, η Θέκλα (γλυκυτάτη Ηχώ κατά των Νικόδημο).

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