St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Spirituality Collection (8 vols.)

3 publishers
, 1993–2013
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Overview

Find resources for your spiritual journey as you draw from the rich heritage of Orthodox teaching. St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Spirituality Collection offers a trove of spiritual insight and theological teaching from modern and patristic sources. Of interest to Orthodox Christians, and anyone exploring Eastern Christian spirituality, these texts take a scholarly, yet accessible, look at a variety of relevant topics.

Examine the theology of St. Seraphim of Sarov and Archimandrite Sophrony, and study the teaching of St. Silouan the Athonite on the spiritual life. Uncover the lives of married saints and better understand the meaning of marriage in the Orthodox tradition with the twentieth-anniversary edition of Marriage as a Path to Holiness. Learn about the unique qualities of Eastern Christian mysticism—“a vision of realities beyond and through transparent symbols and signs of the material universe”—with an introductory essay from St. Nikolai Velimirovic. You’ll also get a practical guide to Orthodox spirituality from Dumitru Staniloae and Harry Boosalis’ clear introduction to the spiritual themes of Orthodox theology. Deepen your understanding of important concepts, doctrines, and figures in the Orthodox tradition with these eight engaging texts.

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Key Features

  • Explores important themes and practices in Orthodox spirituality
  • Studies the teaching of St. Seraphim, St. Silouan, and Archimandrite Sophrony
  • Discusses the lives of married saints and marriage’s spiritual purpose
  • Includes an introduction to Eastern Christian mysticism

Product Details

Individual Titles

Christ, Our Way and Our Life: A Presentation of the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony

  • Author: Archimandrite Zacharias
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 275

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In this text, Archimandrite Zacharias presents the teaching of Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov), setting out the basic themes of his theology. Archimandrite Zacharias expands from his doctoral thesis, The Actualization of the Hypostatic Principle in the Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony—submitted at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Thessalonica in 1998.

Archimandrite Zacharias is a disciple of Elder Sophrony, who was a disciple of St. Silouan of Mount Athos. Fr. Zacharias is a monk in the monastery founded by Elder Sophrony: The Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex, England.

Knowledge of God: Ancient Spirituality of the Christian East

  • Author: Harry Boosalis
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 104

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This text offers two introductory lectures in Orthodox theology. Based on Holy Scripture and patristic teaching, this short study refers to the writings of a wide variety of Orthodox theologians, especially those of Eastern European backgrounds. Written in a reader-friendly style—presenting the spiritual themes of Orthodox theology in a clear and simple way—this brief book will benefit anyone interested in Eastern Christian spirituality and the study of Orthodox theology. This book is also original in that it preserves its teaching purpose by maintaining a practical approach and accessible language. Knowledge of God is ideal for any layman seeking to introduce himself to, or increase his knowledge of, the patristic approach to Christian spirituality and Eastern Orthodox theology.

Harry Boosalis is professor of dogmatic theology at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He earned his MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and ThD in Orthodox theology from the University of Thessaloniki. He has also written Taught by God: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology and Holy Tradition: Ecclesial Experience in Christ.

Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints

  • Author: David and Mary Ford
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 372

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Discover the lives of married saints, guided by David and Mary Ford. This expanded twentieth-anniversary edition includes the lives of over 180 married saints. The book also includes an extensive introduction, presenting a summary of the consensus understanding of marriage in the Orthodox Tradition, using many quotations from various saints. This anniversary edition is further enhanced by 24 illustrations, 16 of which were expressly commissioned for this book and which include saints not commonly depicted.

David Ford is professor of church history at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.

Mary Ford is associate professor of New Testament at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.

O Full of Grace, Glory to Thee

  • Author: Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)
  • Editor: David C. Straut
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 97

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This brief text offers a magnificent portrayal of the holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Igumen Gregory traces the life of the one, unique person who became the pure and holy vessel through whom God entered into his creation to make it eternally divine. Following a chronological path from the birth of the holy Mother of God through her earthly life—using historic sources and services—this text bridges the 300-year period wherein there was no New Testament, and proceeds down through the centuries to the present clay. The author argues that we cannot recognize the uninterrupted continuity of the Church without the person of the Ever-Virgin Mary, our mother.

Orthodox Spiritual Life according to Saint Silouan the Athonite

  • Author: Harry Boosalis
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 203

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St. Silouan the Athonite’s teaching is particularly relevant today. In this study, Harry Boosalis systematically presents St. Silouan’s teaching on Orthodox spiritual life, illustrating his modern relevance. Boosalis compares St. Silouan’s teaching with the writings of the Church Fathers, demonstrating how it is based on traditional patristic sources, as well as highlighting its more original attributes. Boosalis pays special attention to his teaching on the acquisition of the grace of the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare, the significance of suffering, humility, love for all mankind, and prayer for the salvation of the entire world.

Harry Boosalis is professor of dogmatic theology at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He earned his MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and ThD in Orthodox theology from the University of Thessaloniki. He has also written Taught by God: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology and Holy Tradition: Ecclesial Experience in Christ.

Orthodox Spirituality: A Practical Guide for the Faithful and a Definitive Manual for the Scholar

  • Author: Dumitru Staniloae
  • Translators: Archimandrite Jerome (Newville) and Otilia Kloos
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 397

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Drawing from Scripture and patristic teachings, Dumitru Staniloae offers clear discussion of the goal of Orthodox spirituality and major steps of the spiritual life. Part one of this text covers purification, part two talks about illumination, and part three, perfection. Here in translation from the original Romanian, the text retains its informal and conversational style.

Staniloae notes, “Orthodox spirituality has as its goal the deification of man and his union with God, without being merged with Him. It has as a basic conviction the existence of a personal God, who is the supreme source of radiating love. He prizes man and doesn’t want to confuse him with himself, but maintains and raises him to an eternal dialogue of love.”

Dumitru Staniloae (1903–1993) was a Romanian Orthodox presbyter, theologian, and professor. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Thessaloniki, the Saint-Serge Orthodox Institute in Paris, the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade, and the University of Bucharest. He also wrote Dogmatic Orthodox Theology.

The Joy of the Holy: Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Orthodox Spiritual Life

  • Author: Harry Boosalis
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 167

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“The goal of Christian life is the acquisition of the grace of the Holy Spirit.” This popular saying of St. Seraphim of Sarov serves as the basis for his teaching on the spiritual life—especially relevant for the faithful of contemporary society who strive to lead spiritual lives. Today, his teaching is attracting a remarkable amount of attention, due to the very practical way he presents the heights of Orthodox Christian spiritual life as being open and accessible to all. He asserts that whatever one’s status in life or position within the Church, every faithful member of the body of Christ possesses the same potential for acquiring the grace of the Holy Spirit. Explore the teaching of St. Seraphim with Harry Boosalis’ accessible guide.

This particular work is significant in that it is structured as a systematic study of his spiritual teaching. Presented as a patristic analysis in comparison with similar teachings of the Church Fathers, this book also serves as an ideal introduction to Orthodox spiritual life. The very practical and applicable approach of the author will appeal to all readers regardless of their level of spiritual progress. Whether one is already familiar with the teachings of the ascetic Fathers, or whether one is a beginner with a new thirst for knowledge and prayer, the interests of each and every reader will be inspired by this book.

—Bishop Hermon, Bishop of Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania Rector, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary

Harry Boosalis is professor of dogmatic theology at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He earned his MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and ThD in Orthodox theology from the University of Thessaloniki. He has also written Taught by God: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology and Holy Tradition: Ecclesial Experience in Christ.

The Universe as Symbols and Signs: An Essay on Mysticism in the Eastern Church

  • Author: Nikolai Velimirovic
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 86

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Study Eastern Orthodox mysticism with this essay from St. Nikolai Velimirovic. He notes, “Many people in the West think of the mysticism of Eastern Christianity as something unreal and imaginary, yea as dreamy and vague thinking in the clouds. I am trying in the following pages to prove the contrary to that opinion. . . . It is a vision of realities beyond and through transparent symbols and signs of the material universe. . . . [O]ur mysticism is not of individual kind but collective. For our church as a whole, from the beginning on, has been mystical in its interpretation of the visible universe, things and events as well as of man’s and mankind’s life and destiny. If some of my readers would learn from this essay that mysticism of the Eastern Christian Church is nothing else but the science of the highest realities, I shall be amply rewarded.”

Nikolai Velimirovic (1880–1956) was an influential Serbian theologian, as well as a gifted speaker and writer. He studied at the Seminary of St. Sava in Belgrade, and earned a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford, as well as a doctorate from the old-catholic faculty of theology of Berne. In 1919, he was consecrated Bishop of Žica. He is now venerated as a Saint by the Orthodox Church. Nikolai Velimirovic is also the author of Serbia in Light and Darkness, Religion and Nationality in Serbia, Prologue from Ohrid, Prayers by the Lake, Thoughts on Good and Evil, and many more titles.

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