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Meditations for Great LentMeditations for Great Lent: Reflections on the Triodion (pocket book) by Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou (published by Conciliar Press, February 2013) £5.00. Paperback. 96 pages.

The Lenten Triodion exhorts us, "Let us observe a fast acceptable and pleasing to the Lord." Using hymns from the Triodion and the Scripture readings appointed for the season, Meditations for Great Lent shows us how to make our fast acceptable: to fast not only from food but from sin; to fast with love and humility, as a means to an end and not an end in itself. Keep this gem of a book with you to inspire you for the Fast and to dip into for encouragement as you pursue your Lenten journey.



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Journey to the KingdomJourney to the Kingdom: An Insider's Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church by Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou (published by Paraclete Press, September 2012). £15.00. Paperback. 196 pages.


There is no better way to understand the theology, spirit, and faith of Eastern Orthodoxy than by entering into its central worship: the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Papavassiliou takes you on this journey with clarity and passion, exploring the Liturgy as a reflection of heavenly worship and an invitation to enter the Kingdom of God. The hymns, prayers, creed, and actions of the Liturgy are explained, covering subjects such as communion, Trinity, baptism, sainthood, and resurrection. As a result, this book offers a thorough introduction to Orthodoxy, and includes a map as well as 20 beautiful black and white illustrations.


"This fresh and highly approachable study of the Orthodox Liturgy takes visitors through Royal Doors into a deeper and wider experience of the spiritual traditions of the Eastern Church."

-V. Revd. Fr. John A. McGuckin, Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies, Columbia University, and compiler of Prayer Book of the Early Christians


"Readers of all backgrounds will gain a fuller and more profound understanding of the Holy Liturgy, and of the life and worship of the Orthodox Church."

-Fr. John Nankivell, pastor, Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Walsall, West Midlands (England)


"Father Vassilios's book will be of great use to anyone coming to the Orthodox liturgy for the first time, as well as those brought up immersed in the Byzantine liturgical tradition, but who wish to come to know and understand it more deeply."

-The Very Revd. Archpriest Stephen Platt , General Secretary, The Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius