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Theosis: New Magazine of Spiritual Reflections from the Christian East

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Dear Friends,

In conjunction with the upcoming Year of Faith, and Pope Benedict’s call for a “new evangelization,” Eastern Christian Publications has developed a new popular level monthly magazine called Theosis:  Spiritual Reflections from the Christian East.  It will be distributed as a print and eZine version starting with the first issue for September 2012.

Each issue of Theosis will be over 100 pages of several short essays for spiritual reflection on topics such as Prayer, Eucharist, Sacraments, Scripture, Holy Icons, Sacramental Living, Spirituality, and a Feast of the Month.  Contributors will be authors and theologians from a wide variety of Orthodox and Catholic Churches including Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) and Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ.  A photo essay of an Eastern church somewhere in the world will also be featured.  It will also include the Calendar of Saints for the month with daily prayers, and a short biography of each saint according to the Byzantine calendar.

Printed in full color with plenty of icons and photographs, Theosis will be printed in a pocket size edition so you can carry it with you everywhere, and read just a few pages each day.  The eZine edition will be distributed by email both as an interactive PDF and as an ePub format.

The annual print subscription is only $60.00 per year, or $5.00 per month including postage.  The eZine subscription is only $29.95 per year, or about $2.50 per month.  Single issues and bulk quantity discounts are also available.  More information and sample pages can be viewed at www.ecpubs.com/theosis.html, and you can subscribe online and buy individual issues at the same webpage.

Tell your friends and parishioners about Theosis — it’s a valuable resource for becoming a better Christian!

Lenten Books Featured

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

As we all begin the Great Fast of Forty Days in preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord, I would like to draw your attention to a few special products available from Eastern Christian Publications.  They either have Lent as their theme, or are spiritually oriented and would be appropriate material for personal reflections during this period of renewal.
They include:
E06 Our Paschal Pilgrimage by Bishop Basil Losten — $10.00 
           Explanations of the liturgical services during Lent and Holy Week
E14 Journey Through the Great Fast — $5.00 
           Daily meditations by over 40 clergy and lay persons for the Great Fast
E44 The Holy Encounter by Robert Slesinski — $10.00
           Scriptural and liturgical reflections of the encounter of Christ with Simeon
E49 The Holy Transfiguration by Robert Slesinski — $15.00
           How the Feast of the Holy Transfiguration is relevant to us today
E73 The Pentekostarion by Robert Slesinski — $15.00
           Liturgical explanations of Holy Week and the season from Pascha to Pentecost
E51 Good News from the East: Volume I by John Zeyack — $15.00
E52 Good News from the East: Volume II by John Zeyack — $15.00
E53 Good News from the East: Volume III by John Zeyack — $15.00
E54 Good News from the East: Volume IV by John Zeyack — $15.00
           Each volume above contains Sunday homilies for the Byzantine liturgical year
E32 Come Follow Me by Justin Rose — $20.00 
           Parish renewal  program and scripture study for adult catechesis

Coloring Books for Children (line drawing icons, 8.5×11 size, about 20 per book)
A11 Feasts – major feast days of the liturgical year — $5.00
A12 Saints – major saints of the Church — $5.00
A15 Lent and Pascha – Sundays of the Great Fast and after Easter — $5.00
A17 Parables – stories from Christ that explain a lesson — $5.00

Prayer Booklets for Children: (large print, clipart, simple explanations for children)
A51 Bless Us O Lord 1: My First Prayers – Teaching Basic Prayers – $5.00
A52 Bless Us O Lord 2: Understanding My Prayers – The Creed/Our Father – $5.00
A53 Bless Us O Lord 3: My Daily Prayers – Morning and Evening Prayers – $5.00

You can order online at: www.ecpubs.com
Or call 703-691-8862.

New Books from EC Pubs

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Eastern Christian Publications is pleased to announce several new titles that have recently been published:

The Ratzinger Formula by Richard Mattiussi, $30.00
The Formula itself was originally articulated in a lecture given by Fr. Joseph Ratzinger at an ecumenical gathering in Graz, Austria in 1976 … In sum, he proposed that the Catholic Church must not require any more of an adherence to the Roman Primacy from the Orthodox Churches than had existed in the first millennium. On the other hand, the Orthodox must not condemn as heretical the developments that took place within the Catholic Church during the second millennium… Hence, “the Ratzinger Formula” will hopefully provide a fundamentally dynamic starting point where sister churches from two distinct ecclesial worlds may seek common ground in search of a concrete model that will express full and complete Eucharistic Communion.

The Holy Pentekostarion by Fr. Robert Slesinski, $15.00
The present work represents a continuing effort in mystagogical catechesis as already given in the prior volumes of this prospective series, The Holy Encounter and The Holy Transfiguration. As mentioned in the latter work, the term “mystagogical catechesis” comes from the title of St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s post-baptismal catecheses that further enlighten the newly baptized in their Christian initiation.  Here we are concerned with being enlightened as to the very mysteries in the life of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, himself.  The title of this study, however, bears a clarification.  Strictly speaking, the term “pentekostarion” (“pentecostarion”) refers to the liturgical book that contains the propers or variable prayers and Scripture readings for church services from Easter Sunday until the first Sunday after Pentecost, the Sunday of All Saints.   In this work, on the other hand, the term is enlarged upon and equated with the Paschal season of fifty (“pentekoston”) days itself.  Truly we find ourselves in the season of the holy pentekostarion.

The Holy Encounter by Fr. Robert Slesinski, $15.00
This modest book is nothing but a meditation on the marvelous, awe-inspiring words of the Holy Gospel of St. Luke, chapter 2, verses 22–40.  This biblical passage recounts the events surrounding the Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple of Jerusalem forty days after his nativity.  Of all the major feasts on the Church calendar, the one that commemorates this holy occasion in the life of our Lord is unique in that it is known by multiple names, each highlighting a distinctly different moment integral to the whole scenario of the Infant Savior’s presentation in the Temple according to Mosaic Law.  The multidimensionality of this feast thus comes to the floor.

The Holy Transfiguration by Fr. Robert Slesinski, $15.00
The present book represents a work in “mystagogical catechesis,” not in the sense of St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s famed catechetical instructions preparatory to Christian initiation into the sacramental mysteries of holy baptism, holy chrismation, and the Holy Eucharist,  but in the sense of an unfolding of the very mysteries of Jesus’ life itself.  What is central to this type of catechesis, in other words, is not the mere recounting of a Gospel event, but the actual participation in it such that the encounter with the Lord that obtains is replete with salvific significance for any would-be initiate.

Glory to God!  Volume 6:  Journeys, Homilies and Reflections by Bishop John (Kalos) of Amorion, $15.00
“We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate you upon the completion of your recent book, “Glory to God: Journeys and Reflections”. We understand this will be the last volume in your book series published by Eastern Christian Publications. As you have been a prolific writer of our Orthodox Faith and Tradition all of your life, the compilation of your articles into this multi-themed series is indeed a worthy endeavor.  Your writings are always most educational and edifying to the faithful, covering such a wide range of theological, historical, social and practical aspects of our blessed Orthodox Faith. This crowning volume, which contains personal reflections from your travels and homiletic reflections on feast days and saints, is a most appropriate conclusion to the series.  — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Leaving for, Living in, Farewell to CHINA by Mere Elisabeth, $20.00
What difference is there between the star that stood over the manger where lay the Holy Child in Bethlehem, and the star on the red background of the flag of Communist China? An unexpected question! But if it were put to Mère Élisabeth, the author of this book, the answer would be even more surprising: “There is no difference!” Our Carmelite found the Peking Christians’ idea brilliant; to drape the Crib with the red silk of the Chinese flag in such a way that the star dominated the scene of the Nativity of the Saviour of all mankind. Recalling the separation from her Chinese Sisters whom she was to leave, Mère Élisabeth wrote: “Our Chinese Sisters are going to suffer in the heart of the surrounding atheism, the painful, perhaps long drawn-out birth of a new Christian China. May the sacrifice of our parting also make fruitful the harvest.” Those who hope that the dawn of democracy and liberty will arise over the vastness of China, and those who cannot see that it is in the simplicity of our lives that we can be men and women of light transforming the world, all will derive great benefit from reading this book.

Image, Symbol and Mystery by Archpriest Lawrence Cross, $15.00
In all its most ancient traditions Christianity is a sacramental religion. Sacraments form the very life of the Church through which the Spirit of God flows into the world. However, sacramentality implies a particular view of nature which is radically at odds with the secular, materialist view of modern western culture. It is a view that holds creation to be graced, sacred and full of meaning. The sacredness of nature thus lies at the very heart of Christianity and it is vital, when our relationship with nature is looming as one of the great moral questions of our time, that we understand how fundamental the sacredness of nature is to the sacramental life of the Church. In recent times this has become difficult in the Western Church because of the minimalist and informal way in which the liturgy and the sacraments are often approached. A study of the Eastern Church, with its love of elaborate ritual and symbol, can perhaps lead western Christians back to an appreciation of the full richness and grandeur of the Christian sacramental life. It is hoped that such a study will awaken a renewed love of the Liturgy and the sacraments in the life of the Church.

Liturgy: Model of Prayer — Icon for Life by Archimandrite Robert Taft, $20.00
My pretenses do not even extend to professing any special competence in the spiritual life or expertise in spiritual direction, and though already an old man, I do not imagine myself to be anyone’s starets but just a starik. But I do have competence aplenty in matters liturgical, and know perfectly well and have often written on what liturgy is and what it is meant to do. That is why I have chosen as the theme of these reflections “Liturgy: Model of Prayer, Icon of Life.” If you want to know what that means, read these reflections. They express my vision of what liturgy is and of what, from an Orthodox-Catholic point of view, God meant it to be in our lives.

Eastern Churches Journal Vol 15 No. 1, $15.00 or $40.00 annual subscription
Essay contest Winners of the Washington Theological Consortium, Documents, Questions & Answers, and a Chronicle of the Eastern Churches.

Orientale Lumen X (2006) Proceedings, “Church Unity Before 2054?”, $20.00

  • The Light of the East by Patriarch Gregorios III
  • Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue by William Cardinal Keeler
  • Tenth Anniversary Greeting by Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia
  • When the Son of Man Comes, Will He Find Faith? by Bishop John Michael Botean
  • Church Unity Before 2054? by Bishop John of Amorion
  • Catholic-Orthodox Relations in Southern California by Archpriest Alexei Smith
  • A Rhetoric of Peace from the Church of the East by Father Jonathan Tobias
  • The Ecumenism of the Saints by Father George Gallaro
  • The View from Here by Dr. Eugenia Constantinou

You can find them all at our online catalog website:   www.ecpubs.com

Signed Books by Metropolitan Kallistos

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

During the recent visit of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokliea (Timothy Ware) to the US, we obtained copies of three of his most popular books — The Orthodox Church, The Orthodox Way, The Inner Kingdom.  They were very popular at all of his lectures, and we sold nearly 100 copies of each.

Eastern Christian Publications will continue to offer these three titles in conjunction with the extensive collection of theological lectures that we offer by His Eminence through OLTV.  OLTV has recordings titled “Mystical Theology of the Eastern Fathers”, “Heaven on Earth: The Inner Meaning of the Eucharist”, “Ecumenical  Reflections: 10 Years of OL Plenaries”, and “Our Lenten Journey.”  We will be recording another series of lectures on the Doctrine of the Church in April and hope to have them available by June 2010.

As a special introductory offer, customers who place orders through our website (New Titles on www.ecpubs.com) or call into our office (703-691-8862) by April 20, 2010 for any of these three books will received SIGNED copies by the author.  This is a one-time only offer and expires on April 20.

So if you want a signed copy of these timeless and valuable books by the leading Orthodox lecturer, educator and theologian of the late 20th century, place your orders now.  Books will be shipped in early May.

New Books from ECP

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Eastern Christian Publications is pleased to offer several new titles to its growing catalog of books.

The Ratzinger Formula: A Catalyst for the Unfolding Dialogue Between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches on “Conciliarity and Primacy” by Richard A. Mattiussi.  373 pages.  $30.00.

The Formula itself was originally articulated in a lecture given by the then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger at an ecumenical gathering in Graz, Austria in 1976 … In sum, he proposed that the Catholic Church must not require any more of an adherence to the Roman Primacy from the Orthodox Churches than had existed in the first millennium. On the other hand, the Orthodox must not condemn as heretical the developments that took place within the Catholic Church during the second millennium… Hence, “the Ratzinger Formula” will hopefully provide a fundamentally dynamic starting point where sister churches from two distinct ecclesial worlds may seek common ground in search of a concrete model that will express full and complete Eucharistic Communion.—Richard A. Mattiussi, taken from the General Introduction

Leaving for, Living in, & Farewell to CHINA:  The Life Experiences of a Carmelite Nun by Mere Elisabeth.  206 pages. $20.00.

What difference is there between the star that stood over the manger where lay the Holy Child in Bethlehem, and the star on the red background of the flag of Communist China? An unexpected question! But if it were put to Mère Élisabeth, the author of this book, the answer would be even more surprising: “There is no difference!” Our Carmelite found the Peking Christians’ idea brilliant; to drape the Crib with the red silk of the Chinese flag in such a way that the star dominated the scene of the Nativity of the Saviour of all mankind. Recalling the separation from her Chinese Sisters whom she was to leave, Mère Élisabeth wrote: “Our Chinese Sisters are going to suffer in the heart of the surrounding atheism, the painful, perhaps long drawn-out birth of a new Christian China. May the sacrifice of our parting also make fruitful the harvest.” Those who hope that the dawn of democracy and liberty will arise over the vastness of China, and those who cannot see that it is in the simplicity of our lives that we can be men and women of light transforming the world, all will derive great benefit from reading this book.

—Mgr. Gérard Daucourt, Bishop of Troyes
President of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity

Ordo Celebrationis:  English-Latin Study Edition.  270 pages.  Spiral bound.  $20.00.

This is a special edition of the Ordo Celebrationis published by the Congregation for Eastern Churches in Rome and contains the rubrics and instructions for serving Verspers, Matins and the Divine Liturgy for a priest and deacon.  ECP first published an English edition of the Ordo in 1996 with illustrations and over 400 annotations added for education of today’s clergy.  At the request of many users of that publication, we now offer a parallel English-Latin edition of the TEXT ONLY.  The Latin edition was promulgated in 1952 by Cardinal Tisserant and is out of print.  ECP scanned the individual pages of that original edition and aligned the English text of our edition to those same pages.  We hope this study edition will be useful for liturgists and scholars in discovering the richness of the Ruthenian liturgical tradition.

Trebnyk of Peter Mohyla:  1646.  In Four Volumes.  1728 pages.  Hardbound.  Two-color printing.  $700.00.

In parallel to the 1639 Sluzhebnik (Liturgicon) of Saint Peter Mohyla of the Caves in Kiev, ECP is pleased to offer this facsimile reprint of the companion books containing texts and instructions for the Sacraments of the Eastern Slav Churches as practiced in the 17th century.  We have enhanced the original editions by dividing the unwieldy huge edition into four books, added Arabic page numbers and provided an English translation of the Table of Contents of the entire set in the front of each book.  Archimandrite Serge Keleher has also written a Preface for this edition, explaining its historical significance.

You can order copies by calling our office at 703-691-8862 or online in the New Titles section of the Online Catalog at www.ecpubs.com.

1646 Trebnyk of Peter Mohyla

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Eastern Christian Publications is in the final stages of production of a facscimile reprint of the 1646 edition of the Trebnyk of Peter Mohyla, the Book of Sacraments and Blessings.

The Euchologion, called in most Slav languages the Trebnyk, is one of the most important Eastern Orthodox liturgical books. There is no standard edition of this book, which has a great many variations, particularly between the Greek editions and the Slavonic editions. In general, the Slavonic editions have a much richer content. The 1646 edition of Saint Peter (Mohyla) is a watershed in the development of Church-Slavonic editions, relevant to Russian and Ukrainian editions ever since – which is not to say that all these later editions reproduce all or part of the 1646 edition; most of them do not.

Some accusations about the Mohyla Trebnyk that are unfounded include:

1. The innovation of Baptism by infusion (rather than by triple immersion) is not found in this edition of the Trebnyk; to the contrary, Mohyla insists that Baptism must be done by triple immersion. This accusation is completely inaccurate, pure mythology.

2. It is true that the Trebnyk gives the so-called “marriage vows,” unfortunately. But this is not the first edition of the Trebnyk to give such “marriage vows”; I am tempted to suspect that the reason may have been caution to avoid attacks on the validity of marriages solemnized in Poland. It is more difficult to understand why Mohyla omits the partaking of the common cup by the bride and groom.

3. It is true that the Trebnyk gives a “formula of absolution” for use in the administration of the Sacrament of Penance, which incorporates the Latin, indicative “formula of absolution”. I have no idea why Mohyla found it good to do this, but he was not himself responsible for the innovation, which appears in some editions from earlier in the seventeenth century.

4. It is also true that some of the “explanatory” introductions to various services show the influence of Latin theology of the period. However, these materials are not part of the services, nor are they read out to those in attendance.

The Eastern Orthodox liturgical tradition is often accused of neglecting “pastoral” needs. Simply reading the Table of Contents of the 1646 edition of the Trebnyk renders that accusation ludicrous. There are abundant materials for use in visiting and praying for the sick, quite practical admonitions regarding the burial service (including one which forbids drinking alcoholic beverages in connection with a funeral!), sermon materials, orders for the blessing of a new town or village, orders for the blessing of land, the blessing of a new house, and so on, the blessing of an oven, the blessing of a well (and the prayer for finding water), blessings of various foods, blessings for the planting and for the harvest, blessings for travelers, and blessings for those starting school.

There are devotional services for use in time of war, in times of inclement weather, in times of famine, in time of earthquake, during epidemics, and so forth. Some of these services are remarkably timely even today, when we are threatened with another serious epidemic of influenza, and when weather conditions in the south Pacific are giving rise to serious concern and hardship. These materials should be translated, published, and used.

So Eastern Christian Publications seriously hopes that this latest reprint of the 1646 Trebnyk will not only be to the honor of Saint Peter (Mohyla) and a serious scholarly contribution to the Church, but may also be of prayerful use in our present circumstances.

New Books Available from Eastern Christian Publications

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

The following new books have been released by Eastern Christian Publications and are available on our website in the online catalog page for New Titles: www.ecpubs.com

Introduction to Liturgical Services and their Symbolism in the Eastern Church
By Patriarch Gregorios III (Laham).
A wonderful compilation of catechetical information on Byzantine Eastern liturgical traditions, sacraments, feast day celebrations, religious vessels, vestments, church architecture, iconography, and other topics, written in an informative method to educate and inspire. 204 pages. Price — $20.00.

The Holy Transfiguration: A Symphonic Presentation 
By Fr. Robert Slesinski.
The in-depth educational book reflects on the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord from a scriptural perspective, comparing the Gospel accounts and writings of Luke, Matthew, Mark, John, Peter and Paul. 120 pages. Price — $15.00.

Liturgical Renewal in the Twentieth Century
By Fr. Vladimir Vukosinovich.
Written by a priest of the Serbian Orthodox Church, this book is an English translation of the original and covers the history and theological ideas of the Liturgical Movement in the Roman Catholic Church and its mutual relation to the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church. 200+ pages. Price — $20.00.

New Books in Production

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Continuing our work to produce new and interesting book titles, three new books are in the final stages of production at Eastern Christian Publications. They include:

China: Leaving, Living, and Farewell by Mere Elisabeth.

This is the personal diary over several decades of the life of a Carmelite nun who spent most of her adult life living in China. Originally written in French and entitled “Partir – Go!”, this English translation details the trials and sufferings of monastic communities in spreading the Gospel of Christ to the far reaches of the world.

“The Ratzinger Formula” — A Catalyst for the Unfolding Dialogue Between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches on: “Conciliarity and Primacy” by Richard Mattiussi.

This doctoral thesis, supervised by Archpriest David Petras, SEOD, of SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, covers the contemporary ecumenical landscape and many applications of the “Ratzinger Formula” to both conciliarity and primacy in the ecumenical dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.

God’s Holy Fire: The Theology of Icons by Father Lawrence Cross.

The book covers a wide range of topics related to icons of the Eastern Christian Churches. Chapter titles include:

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    • The Old Testament and Early Christianity
    • The Idea of Image in the Patristic Church
    • Early Christian Art: Between Archaeology and Legend
    • Iconoclasm and the 7th Ecumenical Council
    • Theology of the Icon Defenders (Iconophiles)
    • Genesis of the Icon
    • Regional Development of the Icon
    • Writing the Icon
    • Fixed Feasts of the Liturgical Year
    • The Moveable Feasts of the Liturgical Year
    • Function of Icons In The Church
    • Anastasis: Icon, Text and Theological Vision
    • Praying with Icons

These new books are expected to be published in the first quarter of 2010. Watch this space for more details, or check www.ecpubs.com for New Items.

New Books Now Available

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Three new books are now available from Eastern Christian Publications.  They include:

Introduction to Liturgical Services and Their Symbolism in the Eastern Church.
This book is a wonderful educational summary of many traditions of the Eastern Christian Churches by Patriarch Gregorios III (Laham), primate of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.  He covers liturgy, prayer, icons, feast days, vestments, foods, and many other topies with many photos and detailed explanations.  Paperback.  Illustrated.  204 pages.  $20.00.

Liturgical Renewal in the Twentieth Century
By Father Vladimir Vukosinovic, a Serbian Orthodox priest living near Belgrade, this book provides an Orthodox perspective on liturgical renewal in the Roman Catholic Church over the last 100 years and relates those changes to his own Orthodox tradition.  Originally published in Serbian, this English translation will now make this valuable perspective available to a wider audience.  Paperback.  290 pages.  $20.00.

The Holy Transfiguration:  A Symphonic Presentation
This is the third book by Father Robert Slesinski, a Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic priest and theologian that gives a deep but easily understood theological explanation for sacraments and feast days.  His first was on the Eucharist and second on the feast of the Holy Encounter of Christ with Simeon in the Temple.  Paperback.  120 pages.  $15.00.

These books are now available for purchase by calling 703-691-8862 or by ordering online from the New Titles page at:  http://ecpubs.com/browse.html.

New Books — Now and Future

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Eastern Christian Publications has published several new books in recent months, and a few more are planned for the near future:

Finding A Hidden Church, Father Christopher Zugger, 382 pages, paperback with 70+ photos.  $30.00.  The wondrous tale of the underground life and revival of the Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church in the former Soviet Union.  A comprehensive documentary of the recent history of the persecution and resurrection of the Eparchy of Mukachevo in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

Good News from the East, Volumes III and IV, Father John Zeyack, 150+ each, paperback. $15.00 each.  Homiletic reflection for the entire Byzantine Liturgical Year, given in an easy-to-read text.  “My dad, in his late 70’s now, has learned more about faith from these books than all his years of schooling and experience, and can’t put them down once he starts reading them!” — Jack Figel

Image, Symbol and Mystery, Father Lawrence Cross and Joseph Leach, 150+ pages, paperback. $15.00.  This book explains the Sacraments of the Eastern Churches in simple terms but in depth, and in relation to the sacramental forms of the Roman Catholic Church.  It’s a great book of catechesis for Eastern and Western Christians alike.

These titles are now available on the ECPubs website online catalog under New Titles:  www.ecpubs.com

Other books to look for from ECP in the next few months include:

Introduction to Liturgical Services and their Symbolism in the Eastern Church by Patriarch Gregorios III

Liturgical Renewal in the Twentieth Century by Father Vladimir Vukosinovic

God’s Holy Fire:  The Theology of Icons by Father Lawrence Cross

The Holy Transfiguration:  A Symphonic Presentation by Father Robert Slesinski