The Mariinsky Gospel of the X-XI centuries restored by Russian specialists which was found in the Russian skete of the Assumption of the Most Holy Theotokos on Mount Athos in the 19th century, was handed over to the curators of the manuscript department of the Russian State Library (RSL), TASS reports. The handover ceremony took place at the Pashkov House in Moscow.
As the general director of the RSL, Vadim Duda, told, for the first time anyone can take a look at the ancient manuscript. According to him, from April 6 to April 9, 2021, a tour of the exhibition will be held, the central place in which will be occupied by the Mariinsky Gospel. According to Duda, the restoration took four years and was not easy for the specialists.
It is noted that the Mariinsky Gospel is an incomplete manuscript of the Four Gospels. Its main part (171 sheets) was found by the famous scientist and collector, Viktor Grigorovich, on Mount Athos, in the Russian skete of the Assumption of the Most Holy Theotokos, hence the name, Mariinskoe (from “Mary”, the mother of Jesus).
In the Bulgarian and Macedonian scientific literature, this Gospel is known as the “Codex Marianus”. The manuscript is written in Glagolitic on parchment. Linguists have determined that this is the Old Slavonic language of the Serbian edition. Today in the world there are only 11 ancient manuscripts written in this language.