New books

Christmas Service in Chinese Published in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong publisher “The China Orthodox Press” has published a Chinese translation of the service for the Nativity of Christ. With this new publication, it is now possible for Chinese Orthodox Christians to celebrate the festal service in their native language, reports Patriarchia.ru.

The publication contains the texts for the Royal Hours, Typica, Great Compline, and Matins. The texts are annotated with commentary in English.

The translation uses terminology used by the 19th century Peking Mission, adapted to the modern standards for Chinese church service texts.

An electronic version of this publication is available on the publisher’s website. A version with simplified hieroglyphs and the printed version will also be available on the same internet resource.

Religious school textbooks for visually impaired children

In cooperation with the Religious Education Committee of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the JU Special Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired of the Republika Srpska has issued audio textbooks for religious instructions for primary schools.

The textbooks, made in digital technics in mp3 format, are intended for the primary school children of impaired vision - blind and partially sighted children.

A Quest for Reform of the Orthodox Church- The 1923 Pan-Orthodox Congress: An Analysis and Translation of its Acts and Decisions

Author: Fr. Patrick Viscuso
Publisher: Sebastian Press

It is with pleasure that we welcome the publication in an English translation of the acts and decisions of the 1923 Congress, prepared by the Reverend Dr. Patrick Viscuso, an expert in canon law. In his substantial and excellently researched introduction, Father Viscuso provides the background to that Congress, discussing the difficult international climate of the times, the uncertainties and dangers that the Church faced following World War I, the Russian Revolution, the rise of Turkish nationalism, European politics and national aspirations, all of which affected the lives of millions of Orthodox Christians in Europe and the Near East. Orthodox Christians should be grateful to Father Viscuso for giving them the opportunity not only to read important decisions of the Church, but also to reflect on the problems the Church faced in the early twentieth century, and its willingness to adopt reforms for the benefit of the Church’s pleroma. Renewing the Church is not antithetical to the experience of the Church in history. The Reverend Dr. Patrick Viscuso is a Professor of Canon Law at the Antiochian House of Studies and the Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-Atlantic, an Orthodox canonist, and a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. His doctorate in historical theology from the Catholic University of America concentrated on Byzantine and Oriental canon law, patristic studies, and church history. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and five books.

A new edition: Dialogue between Orthodox Christians and Muslims

Three scientific books written by Deacon Dr. Alexander Prascevic were published under the title Dialogue between Orthodox Christians and Muslims in three books:

1. Contribution of the Serbian Patriarch German to the dialogue with the Muslims (1958-1990); 2. Patriarch Pavle on Islam and Muslims (1990-1997); 3 Contribution of the Serbian Patriarch Pavle to the dialogue with the Muslims (1998-2009). The book were published by the Diocese of Raska-Prizren, and under the financial support of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Theology As a Surprise: Patristic and Pastoral Insights

In this book, His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevi) offers us a breath of fresh air.

This is not a book of theology in the form we have become accustomed to expect: a systematic examination of the usual topics of theological reflection; it is much more than that. Bishop Maxim draws upon Scripture, the Fathers, and Liturgy to address perennial and yet very contemporary questions: our experience of time and history, our existence as human persons and the complexities of sexuality and gender, our life in the polis and the ekklesia, and the relational presence of an icon in a world saturated with digital images.

You can purchase this book here.

Source: Western American Diocese