The Church of the Holy Spirit

The Church of the Holy Spirit

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The Church of the Holy Spirit by Nicholas Afanasiev

The Church of the Holy Spirit, written by Russian priest and scholar Nicholas Afanasiev (1893–1966), is one of the most important works of twentieth-century Orthodox theology. Afanasiev was a member of the “Paris School” of émigré intellectuals who gathered in Paris after the Russian revolution, where he became a member of the faculty of St. Sergius Orthodox Seminary. The Church of the Holy Spirit, which offers a rediscovery of the eucharistic and communal nature of the church in the first several centuries, was written over a number of years beginning in the 1940s and continuously revised until its posthumous publication in French in 1971. Vitaly Permiakov's lucid translation and Michael Plekon's careful editing and substantive introduction make this important work available for the first time to an English-speaking audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268074678
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Nicholas Afanasiev (1893-1986) was a Eastern Orthodox theologian who was ordinary professor of the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. He was born in Odessa, Russian Empire.
Vitaly Permiakov received his M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. student in theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Michael Plekon is professor of sociology at Baruch College-CUNY and a priest of the Orthodox Church in America.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Translation vii Rowan Williams Introduction: The Church of the Holy Spirit - Nicholas Afanasiev's ix Vision of the Eucharist and the Church Michael Plekon Author's Foreword 1 Chapter 1 The Royal Priesthood 9 Chapter 2 The Ordination of Laics 23 Chapter 3 The Ministry of Laics 33 I. Ministry of laics as a ministry of God's people??33 II. Sacramental ministry in the Church??35 III. Ministry of laics in the sacramental area??39 IV. Ministry of laics in the administration of the Church??57 V. Ministry of laics in the field of teaching??69 Chapter 4 The Work of Ministry 81 I. Special ministries??81 II. The apostle??106 III. The evangelist??116 IV. The prophet??119 V. The teacher??129 Chapter 5 "Those who preside in the Lord" 133 I. "All things should be done decently and in order"??133 II. The presider??136 III. Bishop-presbyters in the New Testament writings??147 IV. Origin and meaning of the terms "presbyter" and "bishop"??158 V. The ministry of assistance??165 Chapter 6 "The one who offers thankgiving" 169 I. The problem of the origin of bishop-presbyters??169 II. Jewish and Christian chaburah??173 III. The "Seven" of the Jerusalem Church and their ministry??177 IV. -Evidence from early Christian literature concerning the senior presbyter??191 V. The ministry of the senior presbyter??202 VI. The ordination of the senior presbyter??204 VII. The deposition of the senior presbtyer and his replacement??209 Chapter 7 The Bishop 217 I. The bishop as a successor to the senior presbyter??217 II. The high priestly ministry of the bishop??220 III. -Changes in church life caused by the transition from senior presbyter to bishop??237 IV. Apostolic succession??241 Chapter 8 The Power of Love 255 Notes 277 Index 315

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