Lights from the East

Lights from the East

by J. Michael Thompson
     
 

"Holy” expresses the impossibility of attaining or grasping the Light that none can approach. In other words, it expresses the impossibility of comprehending or knowing that Light as fully as it is comprehended by God’s Word and Spirit alone, but which all the same is so close and attainable that all of our blessedness lies in seeing God face to… See more details below

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"Holy” expresses the impossibility of attaining or grasping the Light that none can approach. In other words, it expresses the impossibility of comprehending or knowing that Light as fully as it is comprehended by God’s Word and Spirit alone, but which all the same is so close and attainable that all of our blessedness lies in seeing God face to face.—Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky

“Read Sheptytsky’s words again. And this time, replace 'holy' with ‘saint.’ How illuminating!....English is among the few languages that distinguish ‘saint’ and ‘holy.’ In Greek, Latin, Slavonic—and a host of modern tongues—the two are the same word.”—From the Foreword by Fr. Peter Galadza, PhD

Catholics worldwide are increasingly heeding the call of the late Pope John Paul II to breathe spiritually “with both lungs”—to be inspired by both Western and Eastern Christianity. Yet many Catholics are unaware that the Roman Catholic Church is in communion with twenty-two other Churches, which together comprise the Eastern Catholic Churches. Focused on Eastern holy ones Lights From the East presents incredible riches to English speakers worldwide, including icons, biographies, Scripture, reflections, translated quotations from the service that honors the saint, prayers, and original hymns set to Rusyn or Galician melodies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764823374
Publisher:
Liguori Publications
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

J. Michael Thompson of Pittsburgh—known for choral and liturgical work as an author, editor, and composer—founded the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle and is its artistic director. Thompson—who earned a master’s degree in church music from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois— also has served as professor of ecclesiastical chant at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh and was the cantor/ director of music at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Munhall, Pennsylvania.

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