Wednesday Of Job


The cycle of the Holy Week, although Job is not mentioned in this rite. There is an ancient that links to Holy Wednesday and is called “The Wednesday of Job.” This is supported by a manuscript tradition. In fact, some contain a collection of for the Holy Week including four attributed to John Chrysostom.

Only a small allusion to this link survived in the excellent edition of the Euchologion, edited by Hegumen ‘Abd al Masih Salib al-Mas’udi al-Baramousi, mentioned in the Anaphora of St. Cyril: “The priest shall sing with the melody of which is the melody of sorrow.”

The melody of is not attested elsewhere, but the reference to “a melody of sorrow” makes one assume that this hymn, which has actually disappeared, was used for the recitation of the Book of for the Holy Week (for Holy Wednesday). It is important to mention that only the late of the lectionary of the Holy Week dated in the 18th century contain a lesson from the Book of Job.

It seems that earlier to that date the whole Book of was read during Holy Wednesday; hence, there was no need to have prophecies from this book. This tradition is dated back to the sixth century as attested by the of of Constantinople.