Archive for March, 2010

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

Lenten Lectures Now Available

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, one of the foremost Orthodox lecturers, authors and theologians alive today, gave a series of lectures on various Lenten themes during his visit to America in early February 2010.  OLTV recorded all of his lectures and they are now available, along with other collections of talks by His Eminence.

They include:

  1. Mystical Theology of the Eastern Fathers
  2. Ecumenical Reflections: 10 Years of Orientale Lumen Plenaries
  3. Heaven on Earth: The Inner Meaning of the Eucharist
  4. Our Lenten Journey: Spiritual Preparation for the Great Fast

His Eminence has also agreed to record another series of talks later this month on the Doctrine of the Church, or Ecclesiology.  I will be spending a week with him in Oxford making the recordings and hope to have them available later this summer.

Two other individual lectures on the Ravenna Agreed Statement of the Orthodox-Catholic International Dialogue given by Metropolitan Kallistos at the Catholic University of America in 2008 and 2010 are also available.

Use the flier and order form below, or you can order through the online catalog at or call 703-691-8862.

Kallistos Media Flier

Iconological Journey of the Great Feasts

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Professor Richard Schneider is a professor of iconology (the theology and symbolism of icons) at York University in Toronto and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York.  He has been a speaker at several Orientale Lumen Conferences over recent years and always gives a fresh and in-depth perspective of iconography.

In October 2009 he was invited to give a lecture in Washington, DC by the Washington Theological Consortium in conjunction with an icon exhibit at the Dadian Gallery of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, one of the members of the consortium.  While in the area, he agreed to record several lectures about the icons of the Great Feasts of the Eastern Churches.  He illuminates the deep meaning that lies within the Holy Icons and their importance in the Eastern Christian liturgical cycle of feasts.  He teaches us how to read icons through their “rhetoric” and “order.”  Focusing on 14 Great Festal Icons, Professor Schneider objectively discusses the historical, theological, and scriptural significance of each and their inter-relationships.

In his six lectures he covers:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nativity of Our Lord; Encounter with Simeon
  3. Nativity of the Theotokos; Entry of the Thetokos into the Temple; Annunciation
  4. Epiphany of Our Lord; Palm Sunday; Great and Holy Friday
  5. Transfiguration; Ascension; Dormition of the Theotokos; Pentecost; Exaltation of the Holy Cross
  6. Resurrection and Conclusion

In each talk, Professor Schneider uses scripture and liturgical texts to point out the meaning behind specific elements of each icon.  The video shows the icons in a general view but also highlights the details explained during the lecture.

Each lecture is 40-80 minutes in length and is an excellent series for anyone who wishes to better understand the Holy Icons and their importance to Eastern Christian worship.  This series would also be a great program for an adult education program in a parish, using the video as the starting point following by group discussion.

This program is one of the newest additions to the OLTV group of Adult Enrichment programs available in DVD form, and can be purchased through the online catalog at or by calling 703-691-8862.

“Grass Roots” Ecumenical Conferences Planned

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Three Orientale Lumen Conferences are planned in 2010 for lay persons and clergy from the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Churches.  One of the few ecumenical dialogue meetings that are open to the public, this year’s conferences will focus presentations on “The Councils of the Church”.  Held annually since 1997, the Orientale Lumen conferences provide a “grass roots” form of ecumenical dialogue where all persons learn from each other’s traditions.

The first conference will be held June 7-10 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies.  The speakers will include:
• Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, The Vatican
• Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, Director of Religious Education, Moscow
• Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, The Vatican
• Father John Behr, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, NY
• Father George Gallaro, SS Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
• Mr. Elias Damianakis, Lecturer and Iconographer, Tampa, FL

The second conference will be held June 21-24 at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC.  The speakers will be:
• Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America
• Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC
• Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, The Vatican
• Archpriest Peter Galadza, Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Institute, Ottawa, Canada
• Father Thomas FitzGerald, Holy Cross Theological School Boston, MA
• Mr. Elias Damianakis, Lecturer and Iconographer, Tampa, FL

The third conference will be held July 5-8 in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew giving the Welcoming Address.  Plenary speakers will include:
• Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Retired Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies of Oxford University, England
• Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, The Vatican
• Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, The Vatican
• Archimandrite Job Getcha, Institute of Orthodox Theology, Chambésy, Switzerland and the Catholic Institute of Paris, France
• Sister Vassa Larin, University of Vienna, Austria
• Professor Richard Schneider, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, NY
• Moderator – Bishop John Michael Botean, Romanian Greek Catholic Eparchy of St. George, Canton, OH

Each conference agenda will include plenary sessions by the speakers, ecumenical prayer services, and opportunities for fellowship among the participants.  Additional tours to Ephesus and Patmos are planned in Turkey.

For further details, call the conference office at 703-691-8862, or use our website ( to download color brochures or register online.  Videos from previous conferences are available to view at