Liturgical Illuminations: Discovering Received Tradition in the Eastern Orthros of Feasts of the Theotokos

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AuthorHouse, Jan 20, 2010 - Art - 716 pages
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The ancient Christian Church embodied the truths of God's revelation in prayer and hymns. Through the principle of "lex orandi, lex credendi (the words of prayer show the way of faith)" we can see the ongoing truths that were held sacred and dear by the faithful of early ages. Using this method in realizing the illuminations of early Christian liturgy, we discover in particular the truths found in the Morning Prayer that concern the Theotokos (an ancient term for the woman who bore God.) The ancient liturgy is a source that can become valuable to ecumenical understanding between Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox theology and the Reformation churches. The study of this liturgical source begins with a recommendation by Pope John Paul II who advised the search for beauty and truth in the ancient liturgical texts.

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Dr. Virginia M. Kimball holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a specialty in the study of the Virgin Mary. She is the president of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States and a past president of the Mariological Society of America. Currently, she teeaches online theology at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Kimball also holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. This work is her doctoral thesis for the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. The Institute is a pontifical institute associated with the Marianum in Rome.

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