Studies on Individual Saints (8)
St. Ephrem the Syrian (306-379) is perhaps one of the most prolific Fathers of the Eastern Church, composing four-hundred liturgical hymns and scriptural commentaries, earning him such titles as the Harp of the Spirit and the Pillar of the Church. St. Ephrem is best known for the short prayer, The Prayer of St. Ephrem, which is used throughout the season of Great Lent. The prayer outlines both the sins and virtues of community life: sloth, despair, lusting of power, idle talk; as well as chastity humility, patience, and love for the neighbor. The Prayer of St. Ephrem: A Biblical Commentary provides the reader with the scriptural background to the words and metaphors contained in this short but inspirational prayer. This book is a good resource for either personal devotion or for small group Bible Studies in the parish.
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The present study investigates the teachings of Palamas on passions and virtues. The First chapter discusses the definition of passion as the movement of the soul contrary to nature. With the analysis of the different passions, which are the multifaceted connections with the earthly things of this life difficult to break, their causes, progress and forms will also be discussed. The second chapter addresses the phenomenology of passions, where their appearance and influence on the tri-partite soul is examined, as well as is the role of the devil as the instigator behind the passions. The third chapter deals with repentance and mourning as the initial preconditions for purification of the passions. The fourth chapter addresses the meaning of virtue as `the middle way` of the spiritual life. In the fifth chapter, a series of the ‘divine passions’ are presented, which are crowned and perfected in theosis and lasting communion with God.
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This book begins with a biographical sketch of St. John Chrysostom`s life, and then compares the thinking of major Western and Eastern Church Fathers before and during Chrysostom`s time on issues relating to human sexuality. The rest of the book is devoted to discussing Chrysostom`s theology of sexuality and marriage, his attitudes towards men and women in general, his theological understanding of the ontological relationship between man and woman in general, and his views on how this relationship is to be worked out in daily life, especially in the realms of the family, the society at large, and the Church.
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THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE HEART: BE YE ALSO ENLARGED (2 CORINTHIANS 6:13) IN THE THEOLOGY OF SAINT SILOUAN THE ATHONITE AND ELDER SOPHRONY OF ESSEX
The Enlargement of the Heart is an astoundingly majestic presentation of the nature and purpose of human existence in two of the most important figures in contemporary Orthodoxy: St. Silouan the Athonite (1866–1938) and Elder Sophrony of Essex (1896–1993).
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The Christological Controversy describes the turmoil of fifth-century Christianity seeking to articulate its beliefs on the person of Christ. The policies of the Theodosian dynasty and the conflicting interests of the patriarchal sees are the context of the controversy between Nestorius of Constantinople and Cyril of Alexandria, a bitter dispute that racked the entire oecumene. The historical analysis expounds on the arguments of both sides, particularly the Christology of Cyril, which was adopted as a standard.
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