Compiled from a significant number of canons and the commentaries of Byzantine canonists, this volume is an invaluable practical reference guide for those interested in Orthodox Canon Law. It is more user-friendly than The Rudder (Pedalion) by being organized alphabetically, according to the authority of the issuing body, and chronologically. This volume is also original in its exceptionally helpful introduction and appendices, which present the author's contribution to the discipline of Canon Law and relevant contemporary issues. While waiting for the codification of Orthodox Canon Law, readers will be deeply grateful to Fr. Vasile Mihai for his tireless work to make the canons more accessible and to present the proper, holistic method of canonical interpretation according to the mind of the Church.
Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Duquesne University
Father Vasile Mihai's reference book is an important contribution to the knowledge of and pastoral approach to the Canon Law of the Eastern Orthodox Church in the English-speaking world. It stands in a long tradition of Eastern Orthodox canon law encyclopedias that dates back to the famous fourteenth century canon law encyclopedia of Matthew Blastares.
David Heith-Stade Vice Secretary of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches, Lund University
V. Rev. Fr. Dr. Vasile Mihai was born in Romania in 1952. After completing studies in Computer Science (1976) and Law (1984), he attended and graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1999. He was ordained to the priesthood that summer and served at the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Greensboro, NC until 2005. In 2006 he finished his D.Min at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. With his wife Danielle, Father Mihai presently serves St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Savannah, GA.