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Lights From the East

Quick Overview

"Holy” expresses the impossibility of attaining or grasping the Light that none can approach. In other words, it expresses the impossibility of comprehending or knowing that Light as fully as it is comprehended by God’s Word and Spirit alone, but which all the same is so close and attainable that all of our blessedness lies in seeing God face to face.

—Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky

“Read Sheptytsky’s words again. And this time, replace 'holy' with ‘saint.’ How illuminating!....English is among the few languages that distinguish ‘saint’ and ‘holy.’ In Greek, Latin, Slavonic—and a host of modern tongues—the two are the same word.” 

—From the Foreword by Fr. Peter Galadza, PhD

Catholics worldwide are increasingly heeding the call of the late Pope John Paul II to breathe spiritually “with both lungs”—to be inspired by both Western and Eastern Christianity. Yet many Catholics are unaware that the Roman Catholic Church is in communion with twenty-two other Churches, which together comprise the Eastern Catholic Churches. Focused on Eastern holy ones Lights From the East presents incredible riches to English speakers worldwide, including icons, biographies, Scripture, reflections, translated quotations from the service that honors the saint, prayers, and original hymns set to Rusyn or Galician melodies

Each entry in Lights from the East features:

  • An icon of the saint(s)
  • A brief biography or biographies
  • A Scripture passage
  • A spiritual reflection
  • A quotation from the service that honors the saint
  • A prayerA hymn to the saint, set to a Rusyn or Galician melody

Saints included:

  • Saints of the Old and New Testaments
  • The Holy Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths
  • The Holy First-Martyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Thecla
  • Period of the Fathers and Martyrs
  • The Holy Great-Martyr Barbara
  • Our Venerable Mother Macrina the Younger
  • Our Venerable Father Sabbas the Sanctified
  • VI. Venerable Xenophon and Mary, and their sons, Arcadius and John

Holy Monastics

  • Our Holy Fathers Cyril and Methodius, Teachers of the Slavs and Equals-to-the-Apostles
  • Our Venerable Father Theodosius of the Monastery of the Caves in Kiev
  • Our Venerable Father David of Thessalonica
  • Our Venerable Father Maximus the Confessor

Saints on Both Eastern and Western Calendars

  • Our Holy Father John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople
  • Our Venerable Father John of Damascus

Martyrs of the Twentieth Century

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About the Author

J. Michael Thompson of Pittsburgh—known for choral and liturgical work as an author, editor, and composer—founded the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle and is its artistic director. Thompson—who earned a master’s degree in church music from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois— also has served as professor of ecclesiastical chant at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh and was the cantor/ director of music at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Munhall, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

Series Pray for Us
Publish Date Oct 1, 2013
Pages 144
Size 5.5 x 8.5
Case Quantity (Print) No
Product Type Book
Weight 0.5800
Product Code 823374

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