Theological Studies (180)
Many art historians and scholars have described the sublime icon of the Holy Trinity by St Andrei Rublev, but nothing equals this detailed and comprehensive theological explanation by Benedictine monk Gabriel Bunge. In this inspired and utterly sober work, Fr Gabriel aims to make the icon`s timeless message accessible to the contemporary praying believer.
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We are becoming increasingly aware that the forms of our life and art — of our modern civilization generally — have over the last few centuries been characterized by the progressive loss of precisely that sense which gives virtually all other civilizations and cultures of the world their underlying lustre and significance: the sense of the sacred. In fact, the concept of a completely profane world — of a cosmos wholly desacralized — is a fairly recent invention of the western mind, and only now are we beginning to realize the appalling consequences of trying to order and mould our social, personal and creative life in obedience to its dictates. It is not even too much to say that we are also beginning to realize that unless we can be no hope of avoiding the cosmic catastrophe for which we are heading.
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In the frantic consumption of images which has so characterized the close of this century, a profound unrest has come to light, an emerging desire for a different image, one that might serve as the means for mankind`s awakening, as a source of fulfillment and peace. In the great tradition of the Orthodox Church, the icon remains as a witness to the reality which it depicts and, more importantly, renews the presence of that reality within the worshipping community. By its silent proclamation, the icon avoids the traps of human reason and fathoms the depth of a person`s being. Those who gaze upon it are drawn into the mysteries of salvation and, by their willing contemplation, open themselves to the transfiguring presence of the Risen One.
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THE ICON HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ICONS AND THE LITURGY, SYMBOLS AND PRACTICES OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
This book is meant to fill a gap in the English-speaking world`s knowledge of Russian iconography. With nine pages in full color and 173 full-page illustrations in black and white, the book includes charts and easy instructions for identifying icons and translating their Church Slavonic inscriptions. The book is for those interested in Russian icons but puzzled by the often unfamiliar subjects and mysterious inscriptions. The author explains the majority of types one is likely to encounter and explains in everyday language the technical aspects of icon painting. Here is the answer for all those who have said of icons, "Yes, they are most attractive and interesting, but what do they mean?" There is no book like this available today for English-speaking readers.
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The most comprehensive introduction available to the history and theology of the icon. It surveys the development of the Sacred art of the Christian East from its beginnings in catacomb art through the iconoclastic controversies of the eight and ninth centuries, to the development of early Russian iconography and the state of the art today.
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Volume I: A study of the symbols used in the Orthodox Church. Includes chapters on Incense, Candles, Flowering on the Cross, Ladder to Heaven, Hesychasm: The Practice of Silence, Palms, the Epitaphion and Tomb of Jesus, Theotokos with Child in the Apse, Christ Pantocrator, the Divine Liturgy: Reality not Symbol, Epiphany and the Blessing of Water.
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In the Gospel of Luke, we hear the angels timeless proclamation to Mary, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women (Luke 1:28). Every generation of Christians must contemplate these angelic words, for Mary is the Theotokos and Mother of Our Lord. Every culture must confront her mystery. Through its worship services, the Church gives us many opportunities to consider the place of the Mother of Jesus Christ in our lives. The beautiful Paraclesis service, sung every day during the Virgins Lent, offers the perfect vehicle to do just that. Sung from the first to the fifteenth of August, and at other times of illness and distress, the Paraclesis is a supplicatory song, a canon of praise, a collection of eight odes of love, a series of poems celebrating with honor the mother of God. Father David Smith shares with us his own personal meditations on Mary, based upon his reflections on the Paraclesis service. If you have a longing to make the Theotokos a greater part of your life to bless her, as commanded by Gabriel These thoughtful contemplations will encourage and profit you immensely.
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From the first, Christians loved Mary. Christians today stand behind these fervent believers and peer over their shoulders. Frederica Mathewes-Green writes: “I hope that we will be able to see what they saw, and come to love her too. We’ll do that by reading three ancient texts about Mary. In each case we’ll begin with some historic background, and then move to consider theological and cultural questions (sometimes, uncomfortable questions) that the document raises.”
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