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> New large format edition for easy reading. This is a seminal work in Orthodox Christian literature. Those who are familiar with the service of Matins, still served in all Eastern Orthodox churches and also in many Roman Catholic monasteries will recognize the canon as a central part of the service. In the seventh century, St. Andrew invented the canon. His masterpiece, The Great Canon is presented here in a revised English translation with scriptural references for the verses and also rubrics for use as a service book. Every Christian will benefit from reading these compunctionate verses. Also included in this volume is the life of St. Mary of Egypt. Traditionally read during the Matins service of The Great Canon in the fifth week of lent, this edifying and true story of repentance and redemption will touch the heart of all who read it.