As a mother feeds her child with the proper food, at the proper time, and with the proper utensils, the Church feeds us the Word of God in bite-sized portions of the Word of God, at different times of the Church year, using the golden spoon of the Fathers. In all Her wisdom, tender care and love, our Mother Church yearns to feed her children the Holy Scriptures and nourish them with the Bread of Life. The paramount objective in this series is to introduce believers to the “Trialogue of Faith”—the harmony among the Holy Bible, the writings of the Church Fathers, and the Divine Liturgy. This symphony of discourse explains the sayings of the Holy Scripture through the writings of the Fathers and the liturgical tradition of the blessed Church. It is our hope and prayer that these publications will help each faithful believer to enter into the depth of contemplation and worship. Previous publications of this series have focused on the Sunday Gospel readings of the Coptic Orthodox Lectionary. This small book contains sermons and homilies centered around the Minor Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. In 2013, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press published a collection of ancient homilies on the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord, translated edited and introduced by Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J. This abbreviated collection also contains additional homilies such of St. Cyril of Alexandria, translated by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas, a Coptic homily attributed to St. Ephrem the Syrian translated by Archimandrite Ephrem, and a homily of St. Jacob of Serug. These homilies are introduced by an article on the Transfiguration from the thrice- blessed, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.
Gregory of Nazianzus, “The Theologian,” was recognized among the Cappadocian Fathers as a peculiarly vivid and quotable exponent of the doctrine of God in Trinity. A brilliant orator and accomplished poet, he placed before the Church his interpretation of the sublime mystery of the God revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These five sermons, [...]
Since the time of the early Church, Orthodox Christians have honored Mary, the Mother of God, with special solemnity on August 15. From the sixth century on, that celebration has been explicitly associated with her death, as the culmination of a human life uniquely “full of grace,” uniquely involved in the Mystery of our salvation [...]
Saint John of Damascus(c. 676 – 4 December 749) was an Arab Christian monk and priest. Born and raised in Damascus, he died at his monastery, Mar Saba, near Jerusalem. A polymath whose fields of interest and contribution included law, theology, philosophy, and music, before being ordained, he served as a Chief Administrator to the [...]
The translation of the commentary of Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 376-444) on the Pentateuch, known as the Glaphyra, or “elegant comments,” is now completed by this second volume. Volume 1 contained the whole of his remarks on Genesis, and now Volume 2 presents his comments on Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, along with indices for [...]
The sermons of St John Chrysostom are noted as classical commentaries on the Christian life. Knowing well the realities of life in the world, the temptation of rich and poor alike, this great orator – “the golden-mouthed” – addresses the questions of wealth and poverty in the lives of people of his day. And yet, [...]