9781933275017

The Lord’s Prayer: According to St Makarios of Corinth

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The Lord’s Prayer, commonly known as the “Our Father,” is the supreme prayer of the Christians, since it was delivered to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, following a request of his holy Disciples and Apostles. The Fathers of the Church have delivered many and profound explanations of this prayer, which constitutes the pinnacle of the introductory “trisagion” which opens every Orthodox supplication. The present explanation of this prayer by St. Makarios of Corinth (1731-1805) is the spiritual distillation of his study of the patristic explanations. It helps us to understand how this prayer is the key to our manner of life in Christ.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas, Ph.D., D.D. (Hon.), Δ.Θ. (Hon.) is Professor of Patrology/Patristics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was born in Athens, Greece, where he received his first education and studied science. He pursued Theological Studies at Edinburgh University (B.D.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Th.) and Durham University, England (Ph.D.).

He taught Patristics at Durham University in England from 1974 – 1995. Since 1995, he has been teaching at Holy Cross in Brookline. At present, he is also Visiting Professor at Sherbrooke Université and Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, and at the University of Balamand (Lebanon), St. John of Damascus School of Theology.

He is a specialist on St. Athanasius and the Alexandrian theologians and is responsible for updating with critical introductions the Athens reprint of Migne’s Patrologia Græca (about 150 volumes published so far).

He is a member of the Academie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses (Brussels) and has been involved in Ecumenical Dialogues for many years as representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

In 2000, the Faculty of Theology of the St. Klement National University of Sofia, Bulgaria conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Honoris causa. In 2005, he was honored with another honorary Theology Doctorate by the Aristotle University of Thessalonike in Greece. In 2006, he received the Aristeion (top award for academic excellence) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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