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« on: February 07, 2013, 12:01:33 PM »

Realized that I do not have any book on the sacraments and that would be a wise idea to do something about.
So, what can you recommend for me to read?

Any help is greatly appreciated. :=)
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2013, 01:28:57 PM »

A good one is The Life in Christ by St. Nicholas Cabasilas  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2013, 04:33:08 PM »

Many thanks for the suggestion. I am going to get that book.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2013, 07:10:55 PM »

Are there any specific sacraments you are interested in? 
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2013, 07:23:02 PM »

For the Life of the World and The Eucharist by Fr. Alexander Schmemann
Bread and Water, Wine and Oil by Fr. Meletios Webber

I've also read bits and pieces of Marriage, An Orthodox Perspective by Fr. John Meyendorff if you want to learn about that one specific Mystery.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2013, 08:48:45 PM »

Are there any specific sacraments you are interested in? 

Baptism/Confirmation
The Eucharist
Orders

I single those four as the ones I would like to know more about.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2013, 08:54:12 PM »

Many thanks for the recommandations so far. If I had to choose one of them, who should it be?
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 12:47:15 AM »

I can't recommend one in particular, but I can clarify and say that St. Nicholas does talk about baptism and the eucharist in the one I mentioned, though it is within the larger context of the "life in Christ" and not solely about them. I didn't much like the one by Fr. John Meyendorff the last time I read it, fwiw (I preferred Preserve Them, O Lord: A Guide for Orthodox Couples in Developing Marital Unity by John Mack, but that's a different type of book). The other two (by Frs. Alexander and Meletios) I haven't read yet.
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2013, 04:53:57 PM »

Screw reading that takes to long, do it the lazy and fun way.


A Conversation With Met. Kallistos Ware On The Sacramental Life
http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/illuminedheart/a_conversation_with_met_kallistos_ware_on_the_sacramental_life

"Today Kevin's guest host on the program is Father Steve Tsichlis, Senior Pastor of Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, California. Fr Steve's special guest for this exclusive Illumined Heart interview is His
Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS [Ware]. Their topic is: UNDERSTANDING THE SACRAMENTS. Saint Paul’s recently hosted His Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS to Southern California, for a two-day, packed-house seminar to the general public titled, “Drawing Closer to the Savior: The Sacramental Life”.
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2013, 06:22:32 PM »

Realized that I do not have any book on the sacraments and that would be a wise idea to do something about.
So, what can you recommend for me to read?

Any help is greatly appreciated. :=)

I would second Asteriktos' recommendation of St. Nicholas Cabasilas (The Life of Christ and his Commentary on the Divine Liturgy) but I would also suggest for a broader overview: The Divine Liturgy: A Commentary in the Light of the Fathers by Hieromonk Gregorios. Link provided below.

http://deniseharveypublisher.gr/books/the-divine-liturgy

St. Mark the Ascetic also has a comprehensive teaching on baptism in the context of his ascetical anthropology/ theology:

http://www.amazon.com/Counsels-Spiritual-Life-Popular-Patristics/dp/0881410632/ref=pd_sim_b_33
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2013, 06:30:18 PM »

On Baptism by St. Augustine of Hippo
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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2013, 07:20:44 PM »

Excellent! Got plenty of choices to make. It is nice to come prepared when discussions with the priest regarding chrismation comes up sometime in a month++. Smiley
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