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Celebration of Faith, vol. III: The Virgin Mary

Author(s):   Alexander Schmemann
Publisher:   St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (2001)
Format:   Paperback
Copies:   2 copies available
Product Info:   Book Description

This volume, the third in a collection of sermons by Fr Alexander Schmemann, is on a topic that was particularly close to his heart: the Virgin Mary. The “Theotokos,” as Mary is usually referred to among the Orthodox, figures prominently in Byzantine liturgical worship. While no single service is without one or more references to her, Eastern Orthodox theological manuals have little to say about Mary beyond repeating the primarily Christological titles affirmed by the Third Ecumenical Council “Theotokos,” “Birthgiver of God.” It is to the Eastern liturgical tradition, then, that one must turn for a more developed Mariology. Eastern hymnographers, drawing on Scripture, the early Christian Apocrypha and on a rich theological tradition, went far beyond the laconic definition of the Third Ecumenical Council. Fr Schmemann draws on all these to explain Mariology to a modern audience.

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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author
Father Alexander Schmemann ( 1983) was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer, and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, his insight into contemporary culture and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Christian community worldwide.