Nicholas Cabasilas’ Commentary on the Divine Liturgy is a remarkable product of Byzantium’s last great flowering of theology. The wok has long been essential reading for specialists in the fields of comparative liturgy and history of liturgy, since Cabasilas comments in detail on the Byzantine rite of his day and is able to draw comparisons with the Roman liturgy as well. The work is also invaluable for all those who wish to understand more about the theory and practice of worship in the Orthodox Church. In this edition the text of the Commentary, translated by J. M. Hussey and P. A. McNulty, has been supplemented by a brief foreword which places Cabasilas’ work in its historical context. A helpful introduction by R.M. French describes the celebration of the liturgy in the Orthodox Church.
A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy begins with observations and description, but it does not end there. Like Cabasilas’ Life in Christ, his Commentary is imbued with a fervent sacramental mysticism. For Cabasilas, man’s redemption in Jesus Christ is not just a matter of history. It is a saving event in which man is called to participate here and now, in body and spirit as well as intellect, through the sacramental life of the Church. The vitality of worship, and not just its form, therefore is the focus of Cabasilas’ thought. His message remains pertinent for us today.
Interest in the ways of the early church has never been more intense. What did early Christians believe about the divinity of Christ? What were the beliefs of those who sat at the feet of Jesus’ disciples? Now, for the first time, a unique dictionary has been developed to allow easy access to the ancient material and furnish ready answers to these questions and others like them. David W. Bercot has painstakingly combed the writings of these early church leaders and categorized the heart of their thinking into more than 700 theological, moral, and historical topics to create A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs. Wonderfully suited for devotional or thematic study as well as sermon illustration, this resource offers a window into the world of the early church and affords a special opportunity to examine topically the thoughts of students of the original apostles, as well as other great lights in the life of the early church.
• Collects relevant comments on key Christian concepts from prominent figures such as Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, and Hippolytus.
• Includes key biblical verses associated with a given topic.
• Offers brief definitions of unfamiliar terms or concepts, allowing easy access to the ancient material.
• Provides a “Who’s Who” of ante-Nicene Christianity to put in context the ancient Christian writers.
• Discusses more than 700 key theological, moral, and historical topics.
• Gives strategic cross-reverences to related topics.
• Functions as a topical index to the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers.
A Collection of Brief Essays on Historical, Theological, and Intellectual Issues in the Spirit of the Holy Fathers.
The Fathers of the Church must be read in the light of our journey from ancient wisdom to the perfect revelation of truth that is at the core of the Christian way of life. They not only teach us about wisdom and human action that bring us into harmony with the world around us, but they bring the spiritual path and wisdom into eternal unity in Christ — the Way and the Truth (St. John 14:6) — and man and God into Theanthropic communion. If the ancients taught us much about human goodness and consonance with God, the Fathers teach us about human perfection and union with God. In that fullness only can we understand their message concerning the essence of the pure Christian Faith; and it is that message which the authors of the essays in this book strive to convey.
Spiritual Psalter or Reflections on God excerpted from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian
The Spiritual Psalter was said to have been a favorite Orthodox devotional texts in Imperial Russia. Excerpts from St Ephraim written in the first person are laid out similarly to the 150 Psalms. St. Theophan the Recluse, who complied this anthology of prayer commented that he considered this work to be one of his most important.
Against Those Who are Unwilling to Confess that the Holy Virgin is Theotokos Author: Saint Cyril of Alexandria Publisher: Orthodox Research Institute
ACW Vol. 11: St Gregory the Great – Pastoral Care Author: Davis, Henry trans. Publisher: Paulist Press
ACW Vol. 25: The Lapsed, the Unity of the Catholic Church – St Cyprian Author: Bevenot, Maurice Publisher: Paulist Press
This series of eight instructions on baptism were given by St. John Chrysostom, probably at Antioch about 390. Their interest lies in Chrysostom’s activity as a mystagogue for the baptismal candidates and as their instructor in Christian doctrine and morality immediately after their initiation.
ACW Vol. 45: Palladius: Dialogue on the Life of St John Chrysostom Author: Meyer, Robert T. ed. Publisher: Paulist Press