PRESIDENT ZELENSKY WILL TAKE OATH OF OFFICE ON PERESOPNITSA GOSPEL
RISU, 17 May 2019
The Verkhovna Rada sent a request to provide the Peresopnitsa Gospel for conducting the inauguration of the newly elected Ukrainian president, Vladimir Zelensky, on 20 May. This was reported at the Institute of Manuscripts of the V.I. Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, UNN reports.
"Yesterday an official appeal arrived from the Verkhovna Rada requesting to provide the Peresopnitsa Gospel for conducting the inauguration on 20 May," the Institute of Manuscripts said.
The Peresopnitsa Gospel is a manuscript monument of the art of the 16th century, written in the Old Ukrainian language, and is one of the first of such translations of the Gospel.
It was created in 1556-1561 by the son of Archpriest Mikhail Vasilievich and the archimandrite of the Prechistenka monastery Grigory, who began work in the village of Dvortse (now in Khmelnitsy oblast) and completed it in Peresopnitsa (now in Rovno oblast). Princess Anastasia Zaslavskaia (house of Golshansky) ordered the book.
The book consists of 482 pages and it weighs 9.3 kilograms.
At the present time, it is located in the Institute of Manuscripts of the V.I. Vernadsky National Library of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. The Peresopnitsa Gospel is a religious monument and national symbol, on which, in undertaking to fulfill their supreme obligations, presidents of Ukraine take the oath to their people. (tr. by PDS, posted 17 May 2019)
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