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Essays in Liturgy and Theology, Volume 5: The Liturgy in Dialogue

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In his fifth volume of his Essays in Theology and Liturgy, Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas provides eight essays that explore Liturgical scholarship, development, and inquiry. The Divine Liturgy, being central to Orthodox Christian worship, pulls us closer to God and to each other. Calivas explores the mystery of the liturgy and points to its relevance to the modern worshipper in his essays.



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Chapter One - Experiencing the Righteousness of God in the Liturgy

p. 1

A Brief Reflection on the Words ‘Righteousness’ and ‘Justice’

p. 1

The Orthodox Liturgy

p. 5

God’s Righteousness Permeates Every Component of the Liturgy

p. 8

The Liturgy Tells the Story of God’s Righteousness

p. 11

The Liturgy and a Justice-Oriented Life

p. 12

When the Liturgy Ceases to Be “Dangerous”

p. 14

Good Liturgy Requires That We Ascend and Descend

p. 17

Chapter Two - From the Liturgy of St. Basil to the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

p. 19

When and Why (A Preliminary Report)

p. 19

The Byzantine Rite

p. 20

A Brief Note on Its Origins

p. 20

Eucharist and Church

p. 21

The Eucharistic Liturgies of the Byzantine Rite

p. 24

Three Liturgies

p. 24

The Structure of the Divine Liturgies of Sts. Basil and John Chrys.

p. 26

A New Sunday Liturgy

p. 29

The Brevity Argument

p. 29

A New Hypothesis: A Reaction to Iconoclasm

p. 31

A Different Hypothesis: The Effects of Holy Communion

p. 35

The Emergence of a New Ascetic Spirit

p. 35

The Fruits of Communion in the Anaphora

p. 38

Enumerating the Gifts of Communion

p. 38

The Effects of Communion in Five Early Documents

p. 40

Fruits of Communion in BAS and CHR

p. 42

Similarities and Differences in BAS and CHR

p. 43

Communion of the Holy Spirit

p. 43

Fruits of Communion in BAS

p. 46

Fruits of Communion in CHR

p. 50

Forgiveness of Sins in BAS and CHR

p. 52

“Let a Man Examine Himself, and So Eat” (1 Cor. 11:28)

p. 53

The Need for Discernment

p. 53

Pre-Communion and Post-Communion Prayers

p. 55

Holy Communion and the Saints

p. 56

The Saints in BAS and CHR

p. 56

The Categories of Saints

p. 58

Vigilance of Soul

p. 60

The Meaning and Purpose of Vigilance

p. 60


p. 63

Chapter Three - Liturgical Renewal in Orthodox Theology and Liturgical Praxis in Relation to the Sacrament of the Divine Eucharist

p. 65

A Theological Reflection on the Eucharist

p. 68

The Church, the Eucharist, and the Eschaton

p. 68

The Kingdom of God Exists in the Church

p. 71

Baptism, Eucharist, and Church

p. 74

Eschatology and History

p. 75

The Purpose and Goal of Liturgical Renewal

p. 77

Renewal and reform: The Need for Reasoned Discourse Recognizing and Confronting Problems

p. 78

Releasing the Treasures of Tradition from Paralysis

p. 78

Principles and Tasks

p. 80

Critiquing Texts and Rituals

p. 81

A Rationale for Liturgical Renewal and Change

p. 82

The Essential Requirements for Meaningful Change

p. 83

Some Suggestions for the Reform of the Divine Liturgy

p. 86

Interpreting the Divine Liturgy

p. 87

Textual Concerns

p. 91

Prayer of the Faithful or Prayer of Access?

p. 92

Offering or Offer?

p. 94

The Double Action or Movement of the Divine Liturgy

p. 96

Broken Rituals

p. 98

Hearing and Singing the Divine Liturgy

p. 100


p. 103

Chapter Four - Marriage

p. 104

The Vision of Christian Marriage

p. 107

Vocation, Charism, Hope

p. 107

Learning to Love: Making the Vision Real

p. 112

Acquiring a New Identity

p. 115

Mutual Consent and Other Essential Conditions

p. 118

The Essential Characteristics of Christian Marriage

p. 123

The Indissolubility of Marriage: A Gift, Not a Lifeless Form

p. 124

Equality of the Spouses

p. 128

Christian Marriage Is Monogamous

p. 130

The Foundational Qualities and Purposes of Christian Marriage

p. 130

The Primacy of the Marital Union

p. 132

The Sacredness and Loveliness of Marital Love

p. 133

The Joy and Privilege of Childbearing

p. 135

Conclusion: Living the Vision

p. 138

Chapter Five - Receiving Converts into the Orthodox Church: Lessons from the Canonical and Liturgical Tradition

p. 141

Dealing with Present Realities

p. 141

Differing Views and Practices on Reception

p. 141

The SCOBA Guidelines

p. 144

The Preailing Approaches to Reception

p. 147

The Russian Approach

p. 147

The Greek Approach

p. 149

The Conflations Approach

p. 154

The Baptism Controversy in the Eighteenth Century

p. 156

Patriarch Cyril V and St. Nikodemos

p. 156

The Role of the Pedalion

p. 158

Sociopolitical and Religious Realities

p. 164

The Legacy of Cyril V and the Pedalion

p. 166

St. Nikodemos and the Principle of ‘Oikonomia’

p. 167

Oikonomia: Canonical Stratagem or Judicious Pastoral Judgment?

p. 167

Is the Absolutist Position on the Boundaries of the Church Tenable?

p. 170

Oikonomia, Church, and Sacraments in Contemporary Theological Though

p. 172

Prevailing Theories on Oikonomia

p. 172

Looking Beyond Past Controversies

p. 175

Are All Heresies the Same?

p. 177

What Constitutes Heresy?

p. 177

The Canonical Tradition

p. 179

The Liturgical Tradition

p. 181

The Synod 1484 and Its Service of Reception

p. 184

The Rite of Reception in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

p. 188

The Priest’s Handbook

p. 188

Rubrics: The Need for Clarity and Precision

p. 188

Assessing the Service of Reception in the Priest’s Handbook

p. 190

The Enarxis

p. 190

The Second Part of the Service

p. 190

What Constitutes Proper Instruction?

p. 192

The Profession of Faith

p. 193

The Anointing and the Concluding Prayers

p. 193

Points to Ponder

p. 193

Respectful Suggestions

p. 193

On the Reception of Oriental Orthodox Christians

p. 195

Which Rite Should We Use?

p. 196

A Proposed Rite of Reception

p. 197

Chapter Six - The Lord’s Day in Orthodox Liturgical Practice and Spirituality

p. 202

The Weekly Celebration of the Paschal Mystery

p. 202

The Components and Ethos of the Byzantine Liturgical Rite

p. 204

The Festal Calendar, Sunday, and the Resurrection of Christ

p. 206

The Privileged Position of Sunday, the Lord’s Day

p. 209

Sunday: The Time for Worship

p. 211

Sunday: The Day of the Spirit

p. 212

Church, Eucharist, Sunday, and the Eighth Day

p. 213

Sunday: The Day of Light for the People of Light

p. 216

Sunday is Everything: The Day of Sanctification, Rest, and Godly Action

p. 218

The Name ‘Lord’s’ Day

p. 220

Christian Identity: A Reality Check

p. 221

Recovering the Unique Mystical Quality of the Lord’s Day

p. 223

Chapter Seven - The Sunday Lucan Pericopes in the Byzantine Lectionary

p. 225


p. 225

The Byzantine Lectionary System

p. 226

The Synaxarion Collection

p. 230

The Gospel of Luke in the Evangelion

p. 232

The Sunday Pericopes of Luke

p. 233

The Peculiar Features of the Sunday Lucan Pericopes

p. 235

The Six Mobile Lucan Sundays

p. 237

Chapter Eight - Liturgy and Language

p. 243


p. 243

Liturgical Language in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

p. 245

Archbishop Michael’s Pioneering Efforts

p. 246

Archbishop Iakovos and the New Realities

p. 247

A Second Authorized Translation

p. 250

Multiple English Translations

p. 251

The Holy Cross Faculty Translation

p. 252

The Translation of the SCOBA Liturgical Commission

p. 254

Narthex Press Editions

p. 255

Archbishop Demetrios and the New Translation of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

p. 256

A Brief History

p. 256

The New Translation: Its Purpose Goals

p. 257

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