Catholicosate of Antelias published the present day luxury edition of this Gospel. Dozens of Armenians from UAE secured a copy of this Gospel as part of their contribution to the Catholicosate's mission. Following is an informative bulletin about the project and how to purchase the Gospel as provided by a member of the Abu Dhabi Armenian Community:
Please find below some highlights and informative description pertinent to the Gospel of Partserpert:
* This masterpiece is a true reflection of Armenian spiritual and cultural heritage. It's a real piece of art.
* Price US $ 2,000 (DELIVERED IN ANTELIAS). For shipping and handling, there will be an ADDITIONAL fee of US $ 150.
* The proceeds will be dedicated to the Fund of Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia, in Antelias.
* The Council of Armenian Community will issue a circular on this subject in due course.
The "Gospel of Partserpert" is an outstanding achievement of Armenian culture and spirituality. It was written in 1248 by a scribe named Kirakos in Hromkla (Cilicia) by the order of Catholicos Costantin I Partserpertsi.
The survival of this manuscript throughout the tragic history of Armenian Cicilia is, indeed, a miracle. After the Armenian Genocide of 1915, it was carried, together with the Right Hand of St. Gregory the Illuminator and other relics and ancient manuscripts, to Aleppo (Syria) and then to Antelias (Lebanon) by Catholicos Sahak II.
The manuscript remained under the personal protection of the Catholicoi of Cilicia. When the "Cilicia" Museum was built a few years ago in the head-quarters of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia, in Antelias, His Holiness Catholicos Aram I decided to display this masterpiece of Armenian spiritual and cultural heritage to the public.
Most pages of the manuscript contain miniatures of biblical narratives, and a miniature of each Evangelist appears on the first page of this Gospel.
The front and back covers of the Gospel are made of silver depicting Jesus on the Cross, surrounded by the Mother of God, the Apostles and the four Evangelists
The "Gospel of Partserpert" contains seven hundred pages.