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  1. On Earth We're Just Learning How To Live

    On Earth We're Just Learning How To Live

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    During his long life, Fr. Valentin has had innumerable experiences of God’s mercy and has met a great many others who have experienced God in profound and at times miraculous ways. He has recorded these experiences in this book for the sake of younger generations, in order to strengthen their faith, and in order to derive teachings on how to live as true Christians: with prayer, love for others, hope in God, humility, repentance, and forgiveness. Learn More
  2. Man The Target of God

    Man The Target of God

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    In the theology of Saint Silouan and Elder Sophrony, man is the target of divine visitations that serve to make him aware of the image of Christ within him. Elder Sophrony referred to the image of God in man as man's hypostasis or personhood. In this book, Archimandrite Zacharias, the disciple of Elder Sophrony, presents the principle of personhood through the lives of the elders of his monastery, Saint Silouan and Elder Sophrony. Learn More
  3. Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers

    Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers

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    Over the centuries since the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Churches, the two groups have diverged to the point that they often no longer understand each other’s vocabulary, let alone the fundamental concepts on which each faith is built. Know the Faith is an attempt to present Orthodox Christianity in a way Western Christians can understand, grounding each point in Scripture and patristic theology, with comparisons to what Catholics and Protestants believe. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian seeking to explain your faith to others or an inquirer into this ancient faith, Know the Faith will help you understand and communicate the Orthodox faith as never before. About the author: The Rev. Fr. Michael Shanbour is a lifelong Orthodox Christian and pastor of Three Hierarchs Orthodox Mission in Wenatchee, Washington. He received his M.Div. at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1989. He has been active in youth, camp, music, and Christian education ministries. Fr. Michael was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2001 and pastored mission parishes in Topeka, Kansas, and Spokane, Washington, before being assigned to Three Hierarchs. He is blessed to live in Wenatchee with his wife, Makrina, and son, Simeon. Endorsement: "Know Your Faith presents the Orthodox faith in a clear and easy-to-understand way, and goes a step further by dealing with the objections other Christians might lodge; yet perhaps it's greatest value comes from the extensive collections of quotations from the Scriptures and the Fathers supporting Orthodox faith and practice. This is the toolkit any Orthodox could use to respond to the questions and critiques of other Christians." –Frederica Mathewes Green Learn More
  4. On the Tree of the Cross

    On the Tree of the Cross

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    Thou hast redeemed us from the curse of the Law by Thy precious Blood. By being nailed to the Cross and pierced with the Spear, Thou hast poured immortality on mankind. O our Saviour, glory to Thee. — Troparion for Holy Friday Atonement is a contested but inescapable term in contemporary English-language theological discussion. The doctrine of atonement has received little attention in Orthodox Christian circles since the work of Fr Georges Florovsky, who labored to clarify and promulgate the Orthodox teaching on atonement on the basis of his theological leitmotifs of neo-patristic synthesis and encounter with the West. Florovsky saw the doctrine of the person of Christ as the key to apprehending the pattern and the unity of God’s redemptive work. Hence he always sought to follow the Church Fathers in weaving together the themes of creation and fall, incarnation and atonement, deification and redemption, liturgy and asceticism, in the variegated yet seamless robe of true theology. The present volume is inspired by Florovsky’s legacy. It is composed of two parts. The first is a collection of papers on atonement by contemporary scholars from a patristic symposium in honor of Florovsky held at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University in 2011. The second part is a collection of writings on atonement by Florovsky himself, including previously unpublished manuscripts and other works otherwise hard to access. This book offers incisive and informed neo-patristic voices to any contemporary discussion of atonement, thus responding to the perennial legacy and task to which Fr Georges Florovsky exhorted Orthodox theological reflection. Learn More
  5. Primacy in the Church: The Office of Primate and the Authority of Councils (Volume 2)

    Primacy in the Church: The Office of Primate and the Authority of Councils (Volume 2)

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    PRIMACY IN THE CHURCH is a careful and critical selection of historical and theological essays, canonical and liturgical articles, as well as contemporary and contextual reflections on what is arguably the most significant and sensitive issue in both inter-Orthodox debate and inter-Christian dialogue—namely, the authority of the primate and the role of councils in the thought and tradition of the Church. Volume One examines the development and application of a theology of primacy and synodality through the centuries. Volume Two explores how such a theology can inform contemporary ecclesiology and reconcile current practices. Chryssavgis draws together original contributions from prominent scholars today, complemented by formative selections from theologians in the recent past, as well as relevant ecumenical documents. 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 , John [Zizioulas], Senior Metropolitan of Pergamon • Introduction: Reflecting on the Future, John Chryssavgis • The Principles of Accommodation and Forgetting in the Twenty-first Century, Adam A.J. DeVille • Primacy and Apostolic Legend: The Challenge to Christian Unity, George E. Demacopoulos • Does Primacy Belong to the Nature of the Church?, Cyril Hovorun • Reflections on Authority and Synodality: A Eucharistic, Relational, and Eschatological Perspective, Bishop Maxim [Vasiljević] • The Canonical Tradition: Universal Primacy in the Orthodox Church, Alexander Rentel • The Ministry of the Bishop of Rome: From Doctrine to Modes of Exercise Bishop Dimitrios [Salachas] of Gratianopolis • The Ravenna Document and Canon 34 of the Apostles: The Position of the Patriarchate of Moscow on Primacy Bishop Kyrillos [Katerelos] of Abydos • Vatican I: Papal Primacy within a Juridical Model of Church Bernard P. Prusak • Collegiality and Primacy in John Henry Newman, Mark Reasoner • Sentinel of Unity: Jean-Marie Tillard on Primacy and Collegiality Brian P. Flanagan • Primacy and Synodality: An Essay Review of Official Statements, with Special Focus on the Ravenna Document, Nikolaos Asproulis • The Synodal Institution: Reduction and Compromise, Stylianos [Harkianakis], Archbishop of Australia • The Place of the Papacy in a Historically Conscious Ecclesiology Neil Ormerod • Sister Churches and Problematic Structures, Robert F. Taft, SJ • A Tale of Two Speeches: Secularism and Primacy in Contemporary Roman Catholicism and Russian Orthodoxy Brandon Gallaher • Recent Trends and Tensions: Intra-Orthodox and Intra-Catholic Thinking on Primacy and Synodality, Will Cohen • The Orthodox Church and the Primacy of Peter: Are We Any Closer to a Solution? Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia • Reflections on the Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Concerning Primacy, Walter Cardinal Kasper • Afterword - Contemporary Ecclesiology and Kenotic Leadership: The Orthodox Church and the Great Council, John Behr and John Chryssavgis • Index of Names and Subjects Learn More
  6. Passions And Virtues - Spiritual Counsels of St Paisios of Mount Athos, vol 5

    Passions And Virtues - Spiritual Counsels of St Paisios of Mount Athos, vol 5

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    St. Paisios of Mount Athos (Greek: Γέροντας Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης), born Arsenios Eznepidis, was a well-known Eastern Orthodox monk from Farasa, Cappadocia. He is famous for his spiritual teachings. Many people worldwide, especially in Greece and in Russia, highly venerate Elder Paisios and anticipate his formal canonization as a saint in the near future. Learn More
  7. Grace of Incorruption

    Grace of Incorruption

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    Professor and scholar, teacher of poets and poetry and convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, Donald Sheehan wrote these wide-ranging essays with a common commitment to understanding the ways in which the ruining oppositions of our experience can be held within the disciplines of lyric art—held "until God Himself can be seen in the ruins . . . and overwhelmingly and gratefully loved." That is what Sheehan means by "the grace of incorruption." Part One weaves together themes from Sheehan's life and pilgrimages; the spiritual art of Orthodox Saints Gregory of Nyssa, Isaac and Ephraim of Syria, and others; the literary art of Dostoevsky, Frost, Salinger, and contemporary poets including Jane Kenyon; and the philosophy of RenŽ Girard—examining the nature of penitence, prayer, personhood, freedom, depression, and the right relationship to the earth. Part Two delves into the poetics of The Psalms, especially LXX 118: a "poetics of resurrection." "I am dead certain that my response to this volume will chime with those of others whose work is held up to the light in The Grace of Incorruption. In one beautiful sentence after another, we must share the uncanny sense of never having understood our own hearts—not until we saw them reflected in the great heart (and mind) of this nonpareil commentator. Don Sheehan did not merely understand poetry; it was part and parcel of his own great soul."" —Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate "This was a very difficult book for me to read, as—now and again—my own tears blinded me to the page, and my own sobbing shook the papers in my hands. That is to say that Donald Sheehan's journey—through both brokenness and beauty—to a deep and healing calm is at once personal and universal. With a poet's visionary prose, a scholar's acuity, and a pilgrim's devotion, Donald Sheehan offers his reader access to the profound, compelling stillness at the heart of all things. He proves an exceedingly good guide along the way."—Scott Cairns, author of Slow Pilgrim: Collected Poems "In this beautiful book, Dostoyevsky, Orthodox liturgy, and Holy Fathers ancient and modern converse with Shakespeare, Frost, Salinger, Jane Kenyon and RenŽ Girard, sharing insight into such realities as memory, violence, depression, stillness, self-emptying love, personhood, and 'the anthropology of the Cross.' This conversation, a 'spiritual ecumenism' effected in art, gathers finally round the heart and source of all tradition of poetry and prayer in Christian East and West alike: the Psalms of David. Orthodox Christian contributions to Anglophone poetry and poetics are few. Don Sheehan was not only a fine interpreter of poetry, but a poet himself, working in the medium of prose. The philosopher Malebranche famously wrote that 'attentiveness is the natural prayer of the soul,' and the Orthodox liturgy bids us continually to 'be attentive.' The essays in this volume capture that spirit of loving attentiveness -- never lacking in form -- for which Don ardently strove, and which characterized his approach to art, to other people, and to God."—Fr. Matthew Baker, Fordham University Learn More
  8. If There is Life I Want to Live

    If There is Life I Want to Live

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    100 questions and answers on matters of faith. I began to write it all down when I was on Mount, Athos, during a period of complete solitude, while staying at the kathisma or monastic dwelling of St. John the Theologian, near the small harbor of Simonopetra Monastery. I completed it later when I was staying on the island of the same St. John, on Patmos, in Kouvari. Both, places of quietude and spiritual seclusion. Places of prayer. In all I only needed a few days. My sole companion was the noble disciple of love, St. John. The one who truly loved and was indeed loved by Christ. The text would only be the fruit of love and quietude; it is a fruit of the desert. I would say the fruit of prayer, but I fear that this might be considered an exaggeration. The questions - I chose one hundred to make a round number - and the dialogues are all authentic. The people are also real, although of course the names have been changed. On the other hand I have not recorded the whole discussion, but I have selected certain questions. All this is not so important. What really matters is for human nature and the person of the true God to be revealed clearly and truly through the whole discussion. Nothing else in this life matters more. Learn More
  9. Investing in the Kingdom of God

    Investing in the Kingdom of God

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    By inspiring us to act, words can be paths that lead us towards the "other discourse", the ethos of the eighth day, the beauty that will save the world . . . Such are Metropolitan Nikolaos's words (his previous book in English, Mount Athos, the Highest Place on Earth, was greeted as a "spiritual gem . . . of eternal value"). Metropolitan Nikolaos's insights have substance and wisdom. He deals in an accessible manner with questions that weigh down our human souls. His pastoral counsel is considerate and discerning, focused on the moment, all-the-while with an eye on the path up The Mountain. They are words for our time. Learn More
  10. 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

    $54.95

    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

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