University of Chicago Library, Goodspeed Manuscript Collection Ms. 277, Euchologion (Bishop Stevens Manuscript). Crete? 16th century.


Euchologion leaf in Greek. Contains prayers and heothina lection 1 from the eleven Gospels of the Resurrection read at morning prayers (ορθρος). Formerly Goodspeed Ms. Grk. 55.

  1. fol. 23r Doxology of a prayer from the preceding leaf. Heothina lection 1: Matthew 28:16-20.
  2. fol. 23v Invocation of a prayer of exorcism from the service of baptism.



Major initials (30 mm) set off from the text in red.

Physical Description


Paper. 194 x 142 mm.


Unidentified watermark (inner margin).

Number of Leaves

1 leaf.


Arabic numeral 23 in pencil (upper margin, recto).


Catchword (verso).


Written space 164 x 110 mm (fol. 23r).


1 column, 19 lines.


Written in dark brown ink.

Punctuation includes high point and comma.

Text Divisions

Titles in red (faded).


Water stains. Edges worn.



The manuscript to which the present leaf belonged is judged to have been written in the 16th century, possibly on Crete.


Provenance from the 16th to the mid-19th century unknown. Belonged to Rev. George Benton (died 1862), an Episcopal missionary, who brought the leaf to the United States in 1844 from Khaniá on the island of Crete. Bequeathed to his son, Rev. Angelo Ames Benton (1837-1912). Passed to A. A. Benton's son William Lane Hall Benton who presented the leaf ca. 1927, to Bishop W. Bertrand Stevens of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, California.


Acquired by the University of Chicago with funds provided by Edgar J. Goodspeed, Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School, January 1948.


  1. Seymour de Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935), vol. 2, p. 23.
  2. Kenneth W. Clark, A Descriptive Catalogue of Greek New Testament Manuscripts in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1937), p. 213.
  3. Merrill Mead Parvis, The Story of the Goodspeed Collection ([Chicago]: s.n., 1952), p. 27.