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A Manual of the Orthodox Church's Divine Services Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780884654926
Pub Date: 13 Jun 2023
Imprint: Holy Trinity Seminary Press
This comprehensive work represents a complete but accessible survey of everything related to the Orthodox Church's divine services and is helpfully illustrated throughout. The author begins with a discussion of the nature and origin of Divine worship. He describes the church building, the clergy who perform divine services and their vestments, and the cycles of public worship. The services of Great Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy are reviewed in detail, as are festal services, and different services of need: Baptism and Chrismation, Confession, Ordination, Matrimony, Unction, Prayer Services, Monastic Tonsure and Burial, and the Consecration of a Church. The reader will also find a rare discussion of the rite of the Coronation and Anointing of the Tsar. This manual was originally translated and printed before the Russian Revolution. It is suitable both as an introduction to Orthodox worship for the inquirer and as a convenient handbook for those already familiar with the intricacies of Orthodox services.
Christian Orthodox Political Philosophy Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781942699491
Pub Date: 21 Mar 2023
Imprint: Holy Trinity Seminary Press
The Church is commonly spoken of as an institutional reality, but much less frequently recognized as a spiritual and heavenly reality called by God “to make disciples of all nations.” (Mt. 28:19) This modest work furthers the development of a structured and integrated Christian Orthodox political thought, whereby the Church is neither sidelined as having no relevance to this present life, nor dominated by temporal questions or popular movements at the expense of its eternal salvific mission.   The author  seeks to ground the mission of the Church in the present world both on an understanding of God as Trinity and in Her mission to baptize diverse cultures. To do this effectively the Church must recognize and adapt to local and contemporary political and social trends and patterns. It must exemplify the Gospel as a way of communal and social life, not allowing itself to be reduced to an impersonal ideology manifest within the sphere of either imagination, ideology, or a private individualistic existence.   Drawing upon this philosophy he offers proposals for how the Church could view questions of both domestic politics and international relations with a view to bringing the world into the Kingdom of God. He also suggests specific steps that could be taken to heal and strengthen  inter-Orthodox relations, addressing in particular the canonical challenges of the Orthodox diaspora and tensions between the Greek and Slavic components of the Church.Though these specific proposals will by no means enjoy universal acceptance,  they will serve as a springboard for further dialogue as the Orthodox world seeks to apply these principles  in all nations, no matter their current political circumstances.   Extracts from The Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church are also included as an appendix to aid in further reflection on the questions raised by this book.  
The Rule for Holy Communion Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780884654889
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2022
Imprint: Holy Trinity Seminary Press
This comprehensive booklet contains the prayers used by an Orthodox Christian when preparing to receive Holy Communion, together with the post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving. The texts are arranged to match the usage of Holy Trinity Monastery and augmented by comprehensive rubrics. Also included is the Synodal document, "On the Participation of the Faithful in the Eucharist,” approved by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2015 to express her official teachings regarding proper reverence and preparation for the holiest of Christian sacraments—partaking of the Body and Blood of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. This new perfect bound paperback edition is designed for repeated use in personal devotion.