Theoctistus of the Studium

THEOCTISTUS of the Studium. b. date unknown; d. ca. 890. He was a monk at the Studios monastery at Constantinople, of which St Theodore* had been a member in the early 9th century. He is remembered for the hymn ‘Iesou glukutate’, known as the ‘Suppliant Canon to Jesus’ and found at the end of the Parakletikê or Great Oktoechos, a volume containing the daily Office for eight weeks. It was translated by John Mason Neale* as ‘Jesu, Name all names above’*. Neale thought that Theoctistus was a friend of St Joseph (probably Joseph the Studite: see Joseph the Hymnographer*). For Neale’s six-stanza translation, which was shortened to four in A&M (1904), see ‘Jesu, Name all names above’. Another...

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