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Gateway of Life: Orthodox Thinking on the Mother of God
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By: Mary B Cunningham
The Bible, taken on its own, gives us little information about Mary, the virgin who bore and gave birth to Jesus Christ. Yet throughout the history of the Christian Church she has been the focus of unparalleled love and devotion, the subject of fervent prayer. For countless people she is the heavenly mother, the first one to turn to with their urgent hopes and desperate needs. To add to this, she has been the subject of significant debate over the centuries, concerning theology as well as devotion. Theologically, there were ancient questions centered on the person of Christ, whom she bore in her womb. More recently, many Christians as well as non-Christians are puzzled: What in the Bible gives us the foundation for this degree of attention to Mary? Is not her veneration a potentially dangerous exaggeration, akin to goddess-worship? Is it not God, and His Christ and His Spirit, that are our proper focuses?
Such questions arise especially in the churches born of the Reformation, although they can emanate also from people within churches where she is deeply venerated. It is not always easy to answer such queries, as the heartfelt love surrounding our experience of Mary makes it impossible fully to explain and still less feasible to convince someone of it. Yet we can learn a great deal from an informed and engaged exploration of the ways Mary, the Mother of God, has been understood in the Church. This book, by a scholar and person of faith, provides exactly that.
Mary B. Cunningham is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. She has published articles and books on Byzantine homiletics, hagiography, and hymnography
"Mary Cunningham has given to the Church, and to any intrigued with the Theotokos, a stunning historical and theological exposition of Scripture, tradition, and liturgy, that (to borrow from Gregory of Nyssa) “assembles more of Truth’s shadow,” that we may see more of the light." —Edith M. Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"With a wealth of illuminating details, Mary Cunningham’s book gives articulate and compelling answers to why such extraordinary honor is afforded to the Mother of God by the Orthodox people. Through this penetrating survey, grace is generously given to all readers who seek hope against the impasse of our existence and the plight of society." +Maxim (Vasiljevich), Bishop of Western American Diocese, Serbian Orthodox Church in America
Dr Peter C. Bouteneff, Foundations Series Editor
Testifying to the faith and creativity of the Orthodox Christian Church, the Foundations series draws upon the riches of its tradition to address the modern world. These survey texts are suitable both for preliminary inquiry and deeper investigation, in the classroom and for personal study.
SVS Press, paperback, 5.5" x 8.5", 197 pgs
Lectures on the Christian Sacraments
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Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Popular Patristics Series Volume 57 (Replaces Popular Patristics Series Volume 2)
Greek original and English translation by Maxwell E. Johnson
These six lectures on the Christian sacraments were delivered in Jerusalem in the fourth century. This was a time of rapid transition for the Church. Until AD 313, Christianity had been an illegal & persecuted religion, but under Constantine & his successors it became the favored religion of the state. Potential converts thronged the shining new basilicas, built through the beneficence of the emperors. Catechetical instruction was needed. And it was provided by gifted preachers & teachers like St Cyril of Jerusalem.
The first of these lectures, the Procatechesis, is a hearty welcome to the candidates for baptism and introduces them to the periods of doctrinal instruction that lie ahead. The remaining five, the Mystagogical Catecheses, are an exposition of the rites of Christian initiation—baptism, chrismation, & the Eucharist—for the newly baptized. A rich source on the history and worship of the fourth century, these lectures remain instructive & inspirational.
This volume—featuring the Greek text and a new English translation by Maxwell E. Johnson, a prominent scholar of the early liturgy—will become the standard text for years to come.
SVS Press Paperback 5 x 7.25" , 138 pgs
Christ Is Born
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Recorded at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in 2004, this CD contains many of the hymns for the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord. The music is taken primarily from the Great Znamenny melodies of the Festal Menaion, printed in St. Petersburg by the Holy Synod of the Russian Church in 1900.
Holy Cross : $17.00
Ancient Hymns of Pascha
This recording by the monastic choir from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross includes all the hymns of Paschal Matins, including the Paschal Canon in its entirety, and a few of the special hymns from the Paschal Divine Liturgy. In addition to Russian chant, the CD also includes chant of Byzantine and Georgian origin. Chanted in English.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross Monastic Choir
Pascha CD: $17.00
Morning Prayers and The Prayers Before Sleep
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Here, pronounced clearly and calmly by a monk from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, are the basic daily prayers said by all Orthodox Christians of the Russian Tradition. We hope that this recording will help those who, through a multitude of worldly cares and responsibilities, are sometimes tempted to skip their daily prayers. Text taken from the Jordanville Prayerbook of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross
Rule of Preparation for Holy Communion
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Prayerfully chanted by a monk from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, this CD contains: The Canons to the Savior, the Mother of God, and the Guardian Angel - The Akathist to the Mother of God - the Psalms, Canon, and Prayers for Holy Communion. These are the prayers that Russian Orthodox Christians say in order to spiritually prepare themselves to participate in the awesome Mystery of the Divine Liturgy. Text taken from the Jordanville Prayerbook.
Hermitage of the Holy Cross
Orthodox Psalter Psalms 3 CD Set
A beautiful 3 audio CD set of The Psalter from our friends at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross (2011). They have recorded the reading of the Psalter in English on three compact discs (214 minutes). The text of the Psalms was translated by Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, MA, from the 1821 Moscow edition of the Greek Septuagint Psalter, the most trusted and reliable of all extant printings of the the traditional Greek text of Orthodox Church. The Psalms are read in a manner common to Orthodox prayer services: a simple intonation minimizing any possibility of subjective interpretation. The arrangement of the Psalms into tracks on this disc also follows the liturgical practice of the Orthodox Church, where the whole Psalter is divided into twenty Kathismata and each Kathisma into three stases. Each stasis is concluded with a Trinitarian Doxology. The Psalter is read (spoken) by a monk of the Hermitage of the Holy Cross. The packaging is full-color, with the three discs attached to a tri-fold “digi-pak”, all of which slides into a sturdy slipcover. Our hope is that those who purchase this recording will reap years of spiritual benefit from the use of the recording, which is an excellent accompaniment on a daily commute, road trip, or a day at work (from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross).
Disc I Kathisma I-VII
Disc II Kathisma VIII-XIV
Disc III Kathisma XV-XX
3 Audio CDs: $25.00
Sacred Treasures vol. III: Choral Masterworks from Russia and Beyond
The fourteen selections comprising Sacred Treasures III feature music from the Russian liturgical canon recorded in sumptuously reverberant settings by leading Russian choruses. With a state-of-the-art mastering job to fully display the subtle harmonic interplay of the singers, this release offers pure balm for the ear and soul.
Audio CD: $16.95
Sacred Treasures vol. V: From a Russian Cathedral
SACRED TREASURES V: FROM A RUSSIAN CATHEDRAL features mainly 20th century and contemporary composers. There are several selections from "Liturgy of Peace" by Archbishop lonafan (Yeletskyh) of Kiev in which the eastern "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" is sung to the melodies of Western Gregorian chants, creating a musical synthesis of the two traditions. All the pieces and performances are infused with a solemn and deeply devotional quality. The singing is spacious and warm, creating an atmosphere of holiness and benediction. The intention was to weave hymns and verses into a seamless tapestry in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the individual elements of the compilation become movements in a choral symphony of timeless beauty. Sung in Church Slavonic.
2. Our Father (N. Kedrov, Sr.)
3. Ektenia of Fervent Supplication (N. Frunza)
4. Grant This, O Lord (Sergei Rachmaninov)
5. Bless the Lord, Praise the Lord, Amen (Archbishop Ionafan)
6. The Sound of Spirit-Choral Epilogue (Georgia Kelly)
7. Holy God (Georgiy Sviridov)
8. To Thee We Sing (Dobri Christov)
9. Ektenia (Sergei Rachmaninov)
10. Dominus Vobiscum (Urmas Sisask)
11. O Gentle Light (17th Century Traditional)
12. To Thee We Sing (P. Tchaikovsky)
13. It Is Truly Meet (harmonized by M. Konstantinov)
14. Shen Khar Venakhi (Traditional Polyphony)
15. Praise the Lord, Amen (Archbishop Ionafan)
16. Amen, Alleluia (Sergei Rachmaninov)
CD : $16.95