WEDNESDAY OF

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

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

The melody of Job is not attested , but the reference to “a melody of sorrow” makes one assume that this , which has actually disappeared, was used for the recitation of the Book of Job for the Holy Week (for Holy Wednesday). It is important to mention that only the late manuscripts of the 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 Job 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 homilies of of .

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