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One book you wish all ECs would read? #220988 01/23/07 07:02 PM
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If there was one book you wish all Eastern Catholics would read, what book would that be? Why?

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Wondering] #220991 01/23/07 07:24 PM
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The Bible!

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Wondering] #220992 01/23/07 07:29 PM
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A Voice from the Byzantine East. Elias Zoghby.

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Anna] #220994 01/23/07 07:42 PM
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OK... Bible excluded. smile Thanks so far!

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Wondering] #221001 01/23/07 08:39 PM
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This is too hard a question -- it depends on the reader wink

But if I had to choose one, it would be:

Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest (Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies) (Paperback)
by Borys Gudziak




Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Wondering] #221050 01/24/07 01:18 AM
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Well, since PrJ took one of my choices...and there are soooo many more...I would say The Face of God by Archbishop Joseph Raya. Why? First of all it is the best introduction of writings of a saint of our time, Archbishop Joseph; more importantly the entire book is an excellent introduction to Byzantine spirituality. It is a marvellous treatise about the love of God from an incredible and holy Greek Catholic archbishop who lived what he talks about. And I will never forget the immense warmth and wonder I experienced reading that book which was the very first I read on Byzantine spirituality.

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Diak] #221062 01/24/07 03:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Diak
Well, since PrJ took one of my choices...and there are soooo many more...I would say The Face of God by Archbishop Joseph Raya. Why? First of all it is the best introduction of writings of a saint of our time, Archbishop Joseph; more importantly the entire book is an excellent introduction to Byzantine spirituality. It is a marvellous treatise about the love of God from an incredible and holy Greek Catholic archbishop who lived what he talks about. And I will never forget the immense warmth and wonder I experienced reading that book which was the very first I read on Byzantine spirituality.


DITTO!

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Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Wondering] #221130 01/24/07 03:01 PM
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All of the books recommended are good.

I recommend Father Serge Keleher's recent book:

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Title: Studies on the Byzantine Liturgy – 1 The Draft Translation: A Response to the Proposed Recasting of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Stauropegion Press
P.O. Box 11096
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-9998

Cost: $20 + $4 per book shipping & handling.

This book is a commentary on the proposed Revised Divine Liturgy according to the 12 October 2004 “final version”.

Since this book is relevant to the current discussion on the proposed revision of the Divine Liturgy I am creating this thread as a placeholder for specific discussions of the book.

The book is worth it just for the quotes from Pope Benedict XVI. It gives a good understanding of the Holy Father's insight on authentic vs inauthentic liturgical renewal. Father Keleher's review of the Recasted Ruthenian Divine Liturgy is presented with great sobriety and scholarship. It's even worth it just for the quantity of information given in the footnotes!

I know some will say that other Eastern Catholics won't be interested. I think they should read it. When I finished the book I felt proud of our Byzantine Liturgy. I also felt embarrassed at what we have done to it.

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Blessed Theodore] #221861 01/30/07 07:20 PM
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Kallistos Ware: The Orthodox Way.
About The Way - but certainly not the Opus Dei one...

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Krysostomos] #223842 02/15/07 03:19 AM
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"...but certainly not the Opus Dei one.." ???? I don't understand that remark. Saint Josemaria Escriva's books - The Way, The Furrow and The Forge, not to mention "Christ is Passing By" are remarkable and wonderful books.

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: NWMike] #223857 02/15/07 05:22 AM
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Please keep up the discussion! I haven't wanted to post for fear that the discussion would stop when I did. I've been taking note of each of the responses and am sure others will find them useful as well.

Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: NWMike] #223870 02/15/07 11:23 AM
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Yes, I feel I must jump in on this one! Forgive me for digressing from the original topic of recommended Eastern Catholic books, but I, too, will defend Saint Josemaria's books and ALL his writings ... Never have I felt the personal touch of a teacher of the faith such as he... I invite all those who have never read his writings to pick one of them up (or visit the website www.josemariaescriva.info )to experience his down-to-earth, practical wisdom for each of us to live our calling from God - be we Eastern or Latin Rite Catholics! ... (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!)

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Dear Charitina,

I think that something is wrong with the link. I think that it is the parantheses at the end of the highighted web address. I tried typing it in without the end parentheses and it worked.

Alice

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+Archbishop Joseph Raya: The Eyes of the Gospel

An excellent book on what we believe and why in plain simple language biggrin IT was his first book.

I was just checking to find the book on amazon and found they had exerted from it on melkite.org
http://www.melkite.org/Passage.html#Introduction
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Re: One book you wish all ECs would read? [Re: Wondering] #246598 07/26/07 03:34 PM
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Thanks for this discussion.

I am looking for books that are very basic -- something that explains what Byzantine Catholic and/or Orthodox Chritians believe. I have Timothy Ware's book, "The Orthodox Church," which is in this vein -- sort of like a primer. I was hoping to get some recommendations for books that are more focused on the theology and belief systems of the Eastern Rite churches.

Thanks

Blessings,

John

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