462nd Anniversary of Gjon Buzuku’s ‘Missal’
Albanian Daily News
Published March 20, 2017

The Albanian language was written for the first time 462 years ago by Gjon Buzuku a Catholic cleric in 1555. 

The book contains 188 pages and is written in two columns. Missal is the translation of the main parts of the Catholic Liturgy into Albanian. It contains the liturgies of the main religious holidays of the year, comments from the book of prayers, excerpts from the Bible as well as excerpts from the ritual and catechism. It was written to help Christians’ pray daily religious services. 

The only original known copy of this book currently is in the Library of the Vatican. 

Missal is written in the Northern-Albania dialect and uses Latin alphabet, one letter from Cyrillic alphabet, and some modified letters. The book has a rich vocabulary and its orthography and grammatical forms seem to be well established, which is indicative of an earlier tradition in the writing of the Albanian language. 





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