Tasting Heaven on Earth

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The Church at Worship is a series of documentary case studies of specific worshiping communities from around the world and throughout Christian history. In this second volume, Tasting Heaven on Earth, Walter Ray provides vivid descriptions of Constantinople, its history, its people, and its worship practices, setting the stage for a rich selection of primary documents that present readers with a vibrant snapshot of Byzantine Christianity in the sixth century. This illustrated, reader-friendly volume also features discussion questions for each chapter and suggestions for devotional use.

Primary materials collected in this book•Photos of mosaics, liturgical vessels, icons, and manuscripts
•Drawings, diagrams, descriptions, and photographs of Hagia Sophia
•Firsthand accounts of worship by Maximus the Confessor, Eutychius, and Procopius
•Liturgical prayers and a reconstruction of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
•Sung and spoken sermons attributed to Romanus and Leontius
•Imperial decrees on worship practices

Paul Meyendorff
-- St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
"A splendid introduction to Eastern Orthodox worship. Amply illustrated and documented, Tasting Heaven on Earth makes the ancient and mysterious Byzantine liturgy come alive for modern Western readers."

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The Church at Worship is a series of documentary case studies of specific worshiping communities from around the world and throughout Christian history. In this second volume, Tasting Heaven on Earth, Walter Ray provides vivid descriptions of Constantinople, its history, its people, and its worship practices, setting the stage for a rich selection of primary documents that present readers with a vibrant snapshot of Byzantine Christianity in the sixth century. This illustrated, reader-friendly volume also features discussion questions for each chapter and suggestions for devotional use.

Primary materials collected in this book•Photos of mosaics, liturgical vessels, icons, and manuscripts
•Drawings, diagrams, descriptions, and photographs of Hagia Sophia
•Firsthand accounts of worship by Maximus the Confessor, Eutychius, and Procopius
•Liturgical prayers and a reconstruction of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
•Sung and spoken sermons attributed to Romanus and Leontius
•Imperial decrees on worship practices

Paul Meyendorff
-- St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
"A splendid introduction to Eastern Orthodox worship. Amply illustrated and documented, Tasting Heaven on Earth makes the ancient and mysterious Byzantine liturgy come alive for modern Western readers."

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Author Walter D. Ray
Pages 170
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 197
Height (mm) 234

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