Taking readers through the Orthodox Church's major feasts and festivals, Sergius Bulgakov offers profound, moving meditations that will delight liturgists, spiritual directors, pastors, and all drawn to a transcendent Christocentric vision. Churchly Joy splendidly reflects Bulgakov's transcendent vision for the church and will provide spiritual growth and edification for Christians of all denominations.
Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944) is widely regarded as the twentieth century's leading Orthodox theologian.
Boris Jakim is the foremost translator of Russian religiousthought into English. His published translations includeworks by S.L. Frank, Pavel Florensky, Vladimir Solovyov,and Sergius Bulgakov.
Sergius Bulgakov (18711944), the twentieth century's leading Orthodox theologian, left the Soviet Union in 1923 and spent the rest of his academic career as dean and professor of dogmatic theology at Saint Sergius Theological Institute in Paris. His major works include The Philosophy of Economy, The Unfading Light, The Friend of the Bridegroom, The Burning Bush, The Lamb of God, and The Comforter.
These magnificent homilies are not just richly scriptural. The poetry of Orthodox hymnody runs through them, and they are companionate with the great festal iconography of the Church. We are fortunate that Sergius Bulgakov distilled the profound theological insights of his great works into these illuminating orations that will inspire Christians in all walks of life. -Vigen Guroian, author of The Fragrance of God
There are two worlds for the Christian and two lives in them: one of these lives belongs to this world of sorrow and suffering, while the other is lived in a hidden manner in the Kingdom of God, in the joyful city of heaven. All of the events, both of the Gospel and of the Church, which are celebrated at different times of the Church Year are not only remembered but are also accomplished in us, insofar as our souls touch this heavenly world. These events become for us a higher reality, a source of unceasing celebration, of perfect joy. Sergius Bulgakov, from the preface
This distinctive book contains spiritual orations and edifying discourses rooted in the Orthodox tradition. In Churchly Joy Sergius Bulgakov takes readers through the joyous mysteries of the church year as reflected in the Orthodox Churchs major feasts, including celebrations of the Annunciation, the Birth of Christ, the Epiphany, the Transfiguration, the Triumphal Entry, Easter, and more. Churchly Joy reflects Bulgakovs transcendent vision for the church and will provide spiritual growth and edification for all Christians.
author of The Fragrance of God
"These magnificent homilies are not just richly scriptural. The poetry of Orthodox hymnody runs through them, and they are companionate with the great festal iconography of the Church. We are fortunate that Sergius Bulgakov distilled the profound theological insights of his great works into these illuminating orations that will inspire Christians in all walks of life."
"This short volume of sermons is both a profound devotional work of great depth and beauty, and also an accessible introduction to the work of a great theologian."
Catholic Library World
"A spending collection of Orthodox teaching. . . . A welcome addition to any Christian library."
Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
"This book will be valuable not only to Bulgakov scholars but also to anybody seeking to understand the spirit of Christianity."
Canadian Slavonic Papers
"Recommended for those interested in Bulgakov, in Orthodoxy, and in the liturgical dimensions of Russian culture."
Irish Theological Quarterly
"If you are looking for the beginners guide to Bulgakov, there is no better place to start than this book."
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
"This volume is a wonderful resource for lectio divina, and it would also be excellent for an adult study group."