This was the climate in which the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s New Testament edition emerged, based entirely on Byzantine lectionaries. One can look up the history of this edition in one of the New Testament’s Greek Introductions. With great brevity we would like to note the following.
The need for this edition—the primary and for the time being the only one— stemmed from the lack of liturgical uniformity in the text of the Greek New Testament existing in the Orthodox Church during the years of the Turkish occupationin Greece. This was due to the fact that some churches used handwritten Gospels and Apostlic texts (Apostoloi), while others used some of the printed editions from Venice which contained the pericopae that were to be read in the liturgical services. However, neither did the manuscripts always agree among themselves, nor did the printed editions always agree up to that time (1904).