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  1. Into all the World. Orthodox Theology of Mission

    Into all the World. Orthodox Theology of Mission

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    As the constraints of political and religious oppression have eased, the Church is awakening to its own history, but more importantly to its own missionary responsibility. There has been a great deal of fresh activity among Orthodox scholars that can enrich our reexamination of the Church’s mission. So it is now indeed an opportune time to tap into the biblical, historical, and traditional resources of the Orthodox Church and attempt to reformulate a systematic, theological statement of the rationale and goal of mission, to reaffirm the centrality of the Church in missionary outreach, to describe for a new generation the nature of the gospel and the basic content of church education, and to rearticulate the guidelines that should govern our mission work. Learn More
  2. Christianity and the Roman Empire from Nero to Theodosius

    Christianity and the Roman Empire from Nero to Theodosius

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    In this classic work Paul Allard asks, “Why did the Christians suffer two and a half centuries of suspicion and official repression?” Learn More
  3. Alexander  Schmorell  Saint of the German Resistance

    Alexander Schmorell Saint of the German Resistance

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    At the height of World War II, a small band of students in Munich, Germany, calling themselves the White Rose, exposed the Nazi régime’s murderous atrocities and called for its overthrow. Among them was Alexander Schmorell, a talented young man of Russian descent who, deeply inspired by his Orthodox Christian faith, was willing to sacrifice his life as a testimony to his faith in God that had taught him to love beauty and freedom, both of which the Nazis sought to destroy. Arrested and convicted of treason, Alexander and several compatriots were confined in Stadelheim Prison to await their execution. The prison, then, became Alexander’s “Golgotha”. For three months, he prepared himself and his family for the inevitable end. A Catholic priest who visited the prisoners remarked that Alexander had “set a course for heaven.” The short chapter below is excerpted from Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance As Alexander languished in prison, his inner peace unfolded further, contrasting sharply with the mood expressed in letters he had written during the winter prior to his arrest, complaining that “bleakness and sadness have become my constant companions,” and that “dreadful disquiet is the prevailing characteristic of my life,” with no respite of calm. Now, after having spent over four months in prison, and almost three months on death row, he was moved to write the following letter to his sister. Icon of St Alexander Schmorell Icon of St Alexander, painted by Priest Alexij Lemmer for his glorification in 2012. July 2, 1943 My dear, dear Natasha: You have surely read the letters I have written to our parents, so that you are fairly well posted. You will perhaps be surprised when I tell you that I am day by day becoming calmer inwardly, even joyous and glad, and that my mood is nearly always better than it used to be when I was free! How does this happen? I’ll tell you at once. This whole terrible “misfortune” has been necessary to show me the right way—and therefore it has actually not been a misfortune at all. Above all, I am glad, and grateful to God for it, that it has been granted to me to understand this sign from Him, and thereby to find the right way. For what did I know before this of faith, of true, deep faith, of truth, of the ultimate and only truth of God? Very little! But now I have progressed so far that I am happy and calm and confident even in my present situation—come what may. I hope that you have experienced a similar development and that you too, after the deep sorrow of separation, have reached the point of thanking God for everything. This misfortune was necessary; it opened my eyes—not only my eyes but also the eyes of all those whom it has befallen, our family included. I hope that all of you have likewise understood correctly this sign from God. My sincerest greetings to all, but greetings especially to you from Your Shurik Cover of the newly published book on St Alexander Schmorell Cover of the newly published biography of St Alexander of Munich. During her imprisonment by the Gestapo, Natasha had nearly lost sight in one eye as a result of a retinal detachment. Having received news of this, Alexander asked for permission to write a letter home without waiting for the requisite number of weeks to elapse. In a short note dated July 11, ever solicitous of the welfare of others, he urged his parents to make sure that his sister received the best of care. He cautioned against going to the medical clinic at the university—“I know how they work there”—and expressed hope that Natasha is being treated by Professor Wessely: “He is the best eye specialist.” Alexander advised Natasha to follow her doctor’s prescribed treatment exactly to make sure that it is successful. A few days earlier, on July 8, unbeknownst to Alexander, the senior prosecutor in Munich had advised the chief prosecutor of the People’s Court in Berlin that the day of the executions of Alexander Schmorell and Professor Kurt Huber was set for Tuesday, July 13. Willi Graf, however, was still required for further questioning, and his execution was postponed. Early on the morning of July 13, Alexander received the official order of execution. It was to take place at 5 p.m. that afternoon, with Alexander going first, followed by Professor Huber. Alexander picked up his pen one last time to write his loved ones a letter of farewell. Learn More
  4. In Albania - Cross and Resurrection

    In Albania - Cross and Resurrection

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    The texts of In Albania Cross and Resurrection refer to events that took place during the 20 years, 1991 to 2010 in Albania. Most of the time they refer to the reconstruction of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania from complete dissolution. Learn More
  5. The Oxford History of Christian Worship

    The Oxford History of Christian Worship

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    The Oxford History of Christian Worship is a comprehensive and authoritative history of the origins and development of Christian worship to the present day. Learn More
  6. Primacy in the Church. Volume 1. The Office of Primate and the Authority of Councils

    Primacy in the Church. Volume 1. The Office of Primate and the Authority of Councils

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    EDITOR: JOHN CHRYSSAVGIS is the Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne and author of many books on Orthodox theology, spirituality, and ecology. Praise for Primacy in the Church— "This is an important two-volume work on the issue of primacy in the Church. The subject is significant, and has attracted attention resulting in the publication of numerous studies produced in many countries and in different languages. The relevant bibliography is enormous. The present work constitutes a selection of articles and short studies, and offers a very helpful picture of the various aspects, questions, and problems related to the central topic. The contributors to the two volumes are well-known theologians who have dealt with the issue extensively. The editor and contributor of four articles, Fr John Chryssavgis, is to be commended and congratulated because he managed—cooperating with St Vladimir’s Seminary Press—to place at the disposal of Church authorities and theologians a valuable resource on a crucial issue." ~His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America "The theology of the Church has in the last few decades become once again an area of real interest and creativity, as our attention has been drawn back to the role of the sacramental Body of Christ in our human liberation into divine communion. Yet when it comes to the details of inter-confessional dialogue, the temptation is still strong to revert to familiar and comfortable positions, with—among other things—an assumption that historic polarizations over primacy and collegiality are fixed and given quantities. These excellent essays insist on going deeper. They do not pretend to resolve the issues that still divide Christians, issues over the charism of the Petrine office or the limits of sacramental fellowship or the authority of the episcopate; instead, they represent a clear and searching exploration of fundamental matters starting from first principles. We need more reflection of this quality. This book will be a major resource for all who believe that the ecumenical encounter is still a powerfully energizing context for theological thought." ~Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College (Cambridge University) and former Archbishop of Canterbury "I have eagerly looked forward to such a publication on primacy and synodality in the Church, which is the central issue between the Eastern and Western Church. These two volumes include research from a broad range of leading theologians, predominantly Orthodox and Catholic, on the present state of such discussions. I have long been convinced that there can be reconciliation between East and West if the question of primacy is properly redefined and resolved, primarily on the Roman side: on the one hand, not solely as an authoritarian primacy of jurisdiction and, on the other hand, not simply as an ineffective primacy of honor, but primarily as an inspirational and mediatory pastoral primacy at the service of the whole contemporary ecumenical Church. In the recent past, John XXIII exemplified such a primacy; and today, the same could be expected of Pope Francis. His fraternal encounters with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are a promising step forward in addressing these vital issues." ~Hans Küng, Professor Emeritus of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tübingen CONTENTS •Foreword, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia •Introduction, John Chryssavgis •The Meaning and Exercise of “Primacies of Honor” in the Early Church, Brian E. Daley,SJ •The Apostolic Tradition: Historical and Theological Principles, John Chryssavgis •St Irenaeus of Lyons and the Church of Rome, John Behr •Primacy, Collegiality, and the People of God, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia •Mark of Ephesus, the Council of Florence, and the Roman Papacy, Christiaan Kappes •The Ethical Reality of Councils: An Anglican Perspective, Paul Valliere •Primacy and the Holy Trinity: Ecclesiology and Theology in Dialogue, John Panteleimon Manoussakis •A Liturgical Theology of Primacy in Orthodoxy, Nicholas Denysenko •Primacy and Eucharist: Recent Catholic Perspectives, Paul McPartlan •Primacy in Orthodox Theology: Past and Present, Metropolitan Maximos [Vgenopoulos] of Selyvria •Primacy in the Thought of John [Zizioulas], Metropolitan of Pergamon, Aristotle Papanikolaou •Primacy in the Thought of Stylianos [Harkianakis],Archbishop of Australia, Philip Kariatlis •Primacy, Ecclesiology, and Nationalism, Metropolitan John [Zizioulas] of Pergamon •Primacy and Synodality: An Essay Review of Contemporary Theological Literature, Nikolaos Asproulis •The Petrine Office: An Orthodox Commentary, Paul Evdokimov •The Idea of Primacy in Orthodox Ecclesiology, Alexander Schmemann •The Primacy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate:Developments since the Nineteenth Century, Metropolitan Maximos [Christopoulos] of Sardis •The Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Twentieth Century, John Meyendorff •Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity, and Authority:The Ravenna Document •Position of the Moscow Patriarchate on the Problem of Primacy in the Universal Church Learn More
  7. Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen. The three hundred year history of a Russian Orthodox Church in London

    Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen. The three hundred year history of a Russian Orthodox Church in London

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    The unlikely history of a centuries old church located at the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. Learn More
  8. Teaching of Saint Gregory. AVANT - Treasures of the Armenian Christian Tradition. Vol 1

    Teaching of Saint Gregory. AVANT - Treasures of the Armenian Christian Tradition. Vol 1

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    Translation, commentary, and introduction by Robert W. Thompson, revised edition The "Teaching" of Saint Gregory is part of the Armenian History by the unknown Agat'angelos which describes the conversion of king Trdat at the beginning of the fourth century and the work of Saint Gregory the Illuminator in establishing th e church of Armenia on a formal basis. Learn More
  9. Royal Passion-Bearers of Russia. Their Life and Service

    Royal Passion-Bearers of Russia. Their Life and Service

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    Presented here is a Life of Russia’s Royal Passion-bearers, compiled from the many writings on them in both Russian and English, as well as a complete Church Service to the saints, published by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2002 and translated from the Church Slavonic. Learn More
  10. The History of the Byzantine State

    The History of the Byzantine State

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    With clarity and logic, George Ostrogorsky succinctly traces the intricate thousand-year course of the Byzantine Empire. While his emphasis is on political development, he gives extensive consideration to social, esthetic, economic, and ecclesiastical factors as well. He also illuminates the Empire’s links with classical antiquity, as well as its effect on contemporaneous and subsequent European and Near Eastern history. The author captures the full sweep, the grandeur, and the tragic course of Byzantium’s rise and fall, backed by the scholarship and authority of a lifetime devoted to its study. Long recognized as the basic history of the Byzantine Empire, this masterful work incorporates the results of the vast expansion in Byzantine research in recent years. This edition has been completely retranslated by Professor Joan Hussey from the third German edition. The text and annotation have been expanded by over seventy pages, with more than double the number of illustrations, and additional reference tables and lists. Learn More

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