Light from the East: Icons in Liturgy and Prayer

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This extraordinary collection of full-page, full-color icons introduces readers, art appreciators, and historians to the spiritual riches of the Byzantine liturgical tradition. Father Michael Evdokimov, a Russian Orthodox priest living in Paris, has presented an icon for each of the twelve great feasts of the Orthodox Christian liturgical year, as well as for other special moments of prayer. Preceding each icon is a brief commentary explaining its meaning and significance. Furthermore, facing each icon are ...
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Overview

This extraordinary collection of full-page, full-color icons introduces readers, art appreciators, and historians to the spiritual riches of the Byzantine liturgical tradition. Father Michael Evdokimov, a Russian Orthodox priest living in Paris, has presented an icon for each of the twelve great feasts of the Orthodox Christian liturgical year, as well as for other special moments of prayer. Preceding each icon is a brief commentary explaining its meaning and significance. Furthermore, facing each icon are prayers appropriate for meditation that have been translated by the Monks of New Skete Monastery in upstate New York. In a simple and accessible manner, translator Robert Smith has brought text, prayers, and icons together to show how the beliefs and practices common to Orthodox people everywhere in the world can be appreciated by all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809142781
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 791,556
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction ix
Part 1 The Yearly Cycle of Feasts
The Birth of the Mother of God September 8 2
The Icon of the Birth of the Mother of God
Prayers
The Exaltation of the Cross September 14 7
The Icon of the Exaltation of the Cross
Prayers
The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple November 21 14
The Icon of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
Prayers
Christmas December 25 18
The Icon of the Nativity of the Lord
Prayers
Epiphany January 6 23
The Icon of the Epiphany of the Lord
Prayers
The Holy Meeting of the Lord February 2 28
The Icon of the Holy Meeting of the Lord
Prayers
The Annunciation March 25 33
The Icon of the Annunciation
Prayers
The Entry into Jerusalem Sixth Sunday of Lent 38
The Icon of the Entry into Jerusalem
Prayers
The Resurrection Easter Sunday 43
The Icon of Easter
Prayers
The Ascension Ascension Thursday 48
The Icon of the Ascension
Prayers
Pentecost Second Sunday After the Ascension 52
The Icon of Pentecost
Prayers
The Transfiguration August 6 58
The Icon of the Transfiguration
Prayers
The Dormition August 15 62
The Icon of the Dormition
Prayers
Part 2 Icons in Prayer
Notes on the Icon of the Trinity 69
Rublev's Icon of the Trinity
Prayers
On Prayer 74
Worship in the Orthodox Church 80
Notes on the Icon of Christ 82
The Icon of Christ
Prayers
Notes on the Icon of the Mother of God: "Mother Most Tender" 86
The Icon of the Mother of God
Prayers
Afterword 90
A Book for Those in Search of God 91
Preliminary Remarks on the Liturgy: Heaven on Earth 92
Liturgy and the Bible 93
Can Modern Men and Women Relate to the Liturgy? 93
Thoughts on the Power of Beauty: The Lord Is Clothed in Splendor 94
Icons: Places Where God's Beauty Dwells 95
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