Posted - 09/20/2007 : 13:29:06
| As sent to me by Fr. Thomas (Moore) at Holy Apostles in Columbia SC. I've been wondering when the new version would be out. I've used ver 2 for years and find it very good. Now if Michael will just add the Morning and Evening Prayers...
A Troparion and Kontakion reader for Windows, with Lives of Saints
MENOLOGION, (c) 1997-2007 by Thomas G. (Michael) Purcell is dedicated to St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco who loved and venerated all the Saints.
MENOLOGION 3.0 is a free computer program which provides an easy way to access the Troparia and Kontakia, Bible Readings and Lives of Saints of the day. This might be useful for a variety of reasons. If you would like to put the Troparia and Kontakia, Bible Readings or Lives of Saints in a Sunday bulletin, for instance, you will be able to find the items you want easily, and copy them to the Windows clipboard, so that you can paste them directly into your word processor or publishing program.
You can access the Troparia and Kontakia, Bible Readings and Lives of Saints for every day of the year. When MENOLOGION starts, it reads the date set in your computer's clock and displays the selected readings for the current date. You can set the program to display dates according to the Old Calendar or the New Calendar. You can select any date and display the Troparia and Kontakia or Bible Readings for that date. It is also possible to browse through the Troparia and Kontakia, Bible Readings and Lives of Saints either forward or backward day by day. And you can search for and find saints by name.
MENOLOGION can also display an Icon next to the text of Troparia and Kontakia or Bible Readings. There are 53 Icons included in the main program, with another 380 Icons available in an optional Supplemental Icon Library, containing at least one saint for every day of the year.
MENOLOGION can be downloaded either with or without the Supplemental Icon Library, and the Supplemental Icon Library itself can be downloaded separately.
MENOLOGION 3.0 IS IN ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT
Unlike MENOLOGION 2.0, which was not updated since it was released in 2001, MENOLOGION 3.0 is in active development. While it is a well developed, mature and stable program, it is also a work in progress, and there will be periodic updates released fixing reported bugs and adding new features. The latest release of MENOLOGION 3.0 can always be found on this page. Bugs and feature requests should be sent to Michael Purcell. For information on how to correctly report a bug or problem, see the "Reporting Bugs" topic in the MENOLOGION 3.0 help file. You can find the topic under "Other Information" on the Contents tab in the left hand pane of the help system window.
ABOUT INSTALLED BIBLE FILES
MENOLOGION 3.0 adds the ability to use different translations (versions) of the bible. Bible versions that can be installed in MENOLOGION are plain text files provided by The Unbound Bible. These plain text files can be downloaded from the MENOLOGION home page (see below), but are no longer available for download from The Unbound Bible website. The unicode text bible files that can be downloaded from the Unbound Bible website can not be used. MENOLOGION 3.0 is an English only program, and the bible files avilable for download include nine different English language translations. There are also some ancient translations and some translations in Western European languages. These additional versions seem to work acceptably well in MENOLOGION, providing additional flexibility. However, MENOLOGION is not designed to read unicode text files, and can not display languages that require other language versions of Windows. This means that
MENOLOGION can not correctly display Greek, Cyrilic, Asian and other such languages at use different alphabets.
The author is interested in receiving as much feedback as possible on the use of these bibles files, the ancient translations and foreign language translations in particular, so that this information can be provided to potential users. If you are using one or more of these bibles, please contact the author at michael.purcell @ mindspring.com. Also write if you want to experiment with a bible in a language that is not available for download.