ST. SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN: LIFE, SPIRITUALITY, DOCTRINE - IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST BY ARCHBISHOP BASIL KRIVOCHEINE
This authoritative work gives St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022 AD), monk and later abbot of the monastery of St. Mamas, the place he deserves as a spiritual renovator, the first and perhaps greatest Byzantine mystic. Drawing on Scripture and certain traditions of the Early Church, St. Symeon explores the theory and practice of contemplation, culminating in a direct perception of the Divine Light. Always more the spiritual master than the systematic theologian, St. Symeon stresses the reality of his encounter with Christ and the Holy Spirit — the reality of a healing, inner light.
This book, documented by many moving passages from St. Symeon`s own writings, should attract all those seeking a spiritual awakening, a rebirth. In the Light of Christ should also be of interest to scholars, since all later Byzantine mysticism rests on the foundation laid down by Symeon the New Theologian.