"There are two worlds for the Christian and two lives in them: one of these lives belongs to this world of sorrow and suffering, while the other is lived in a hidden manner in the Kingdom of God, in the joyful city of heaven. All of the events, both of the Gospel and of the Church, which are celebrated at different times of the Church Year are not only remembered but are also accomplished in us, insofar as our souls touch this heavenly world. These events become for us a higher reality, a source of unceasing celebration, of perfect joy."
- Sergius Bulgakov (from preface)
This distinctive book contains spiritual orations and edifying discourses rooted in the Orthodox tradition. In Churchly Joy Sergius Bulgakov takes readers through the joyous mysteries of the church year as reflected in the Orthodox Church's major feasts, including celebrations of the Annunciation, the Birth of Christ, the Epiphany, the Transfiguration, the Triumphal Entry, Easter, and more. Churchly Joy reflects Bulgakov's transcendent vision for the church and will provide spiritual growth and edification for all Christians.
author of"The Fragrance of God"
"These magnificent homilies are not just richly scriptural. The poetry of Orthodox hymnody runs through them, and they are companionate with the great festal iconography of the Church. We are fortunate that Sergius Bulgakov distilled the profound theological insights of his great works into these illuminating orations that will inspire Christians in all walks of life."
This short volume of sermons is both a profound devotional work of great depth and beauty, and also an accessible introduction to the work of a great theologian.
"Catholic Library World"
A spending collection of Orthodox teaching. . . . A welcome addition to any Christian library.
"Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies"
This book will be valuable not only to Bulgakov scholars but also to anybody seeking to understand the spirit of Christianity.
"Canadian Slavonic Papers"
Recommended for those interested in Bulgakov, in Orthodoxy, and in the liturgical dimensions of Russian culture.
"Irish Theological Quarterly"
If you are looking for the beginner s guide to Bulgakov, there is no better place to start than this book.
"Cistercian Studies Quarterly"
This volume is a wonderful resource for "lectio divina," and it would also be excellent for an adult study group.
-- author of The Fragrance of God
-These magnificent homilies are not just richly scriptural. The poetry of Orthodox hymnody runs through them, and they are companionate with the great festal iconography of the Church. We are fortunate that Sergius Bulgakov distilled the profound theological insights of his great works into these illuminating orations that will inspire Christians in all walks of life.-
-This short volume of sermons is both a profound devotional work of great depth and beauty, and also an accessible introduction to the work of a great theologian.-
Catholic Library World
-A spending collection of Orthodox teaching. . . . A welcome addition to any Christian library.-
Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
-This book will be valuable not only to Bulgakov scholars but also to anybody seeking to understand the spirit of Christianity.-
Canadian Slavonic Papers
-Recommended for those interested in Bulgakov, in Orthodoxy, and in the liturgical dimensions of Russian culture.-
Irish Theological Quarterly
-If you are looking for the beginner's guide to Bulgakov, there is no better place to start than this book.-
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
-This volume is a wonderful resource for lectio divina, and it would also be excellent for an adult study group.-
|Translator's Note||p. ix|
|Author's Preface||p. xi|
|The Power of the Cross: On the Exaltation of the Lord's Cross||p. 1|
|The Radiant Protection over the World: Oration on the Day of the Protection of the Mother of the God||p. 8|
|The Temple of the Temple: Oration on the Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple||p. 14|
|Most Pure Motherhood: Dedicated to Russian Mothers||p. 18|
|The Heaven-Cave: Christmas Oration||p. 23|
|We Have Come from Afar: Christmas Oration||p. 30|
|The Gifts of the Magi||p. 33|
|Sign of the Bethlehem Manger: Christmas Oration||p. 36|
|Eternity and Time: Oration for the New Year||p. 41|
|The Flaming Coal: Oration on the Centenary of the Passing of St. Seraphim of Sarov||p. 44|
|The Water Leaping into Eternal Life: Oration on the Eve of the Epiphany||p. 51|
|The Open Heavens: Oration of the Epiphany||p. 55|
|The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple||p. 59|
|Sunday of the Last Judgment||p. 63|
|The Doors of Repentance||p. 70|
|Luminous Sorrow: In Preparation for the Great Fast||p. 73|
|The Archangel's Voice: Oration on the Annunciation||p. 79|
|"The Annunciation with the Cross"||p. 87|
|Enthronement with the Cross||p. 91|
|Blessed Is the King of Israel Who Comes! Reflections on the Feast of the Lord's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem||p. 100|
|This Is the Blessed Sabbath: Reflections before the Holy Plashchanitsa Icon||p. 105|
|Divine Joy! Easter Oration||p. 111|
|Trampling Down Death by Death: Diptych||p. 116|
|The Joy of Separation||p. 121|
|We Celebrate Pentecost and the Coming of the Spirit: Oration on the Day of Pentecost||p. 127|
|The Call of Apostleship: Oration on the Day of the Remembrance of the First among the Apostles, Peter and Paul||p. 132|
|The Excellent Glory (2 Peter 1:17): Oration on the Feast of the Lord's Transfiguration||p. 138|
|Oration for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost||p. 143|
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Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 18th March 2008
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25