Archive for March, 2012

Theotokos in the Church of the East

March 9, 2012

In 2005, the status of the Blessed Virgin Mother as the Theotokos was surprisingly something that did not generate a lot of online debate.  The only assertion I made was the following post: (more…)

On a Lighter Note… Lenten Reading

March 8, 2012

So there are a couple of books I am now reading for Lent…

Pitre, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist – Great reading… fast, great points, and something everyone should be aware of.

Palamas, The Triads – I always wanted to dive a little deeper into the Palamine language and distinction.  For those wondering, he’s not a Church of the East saint specifically, but he is one of our neighbors’.  So far, it has been an interesting read.

For anyone who might complain about me not reading readings from our own tradition, I point out the Lenten prayers and readings from our Liturgy give me enough sense of my own tradition.  But I have determined that once I’m done with St. Gregory Palamas’ book, I will be going back to finish one of the readings from Mingana, Early Christian Mystics.  The readings in the Syriac are hard enough given my admittedly poor dictionary in that language especially in the topics that they are talking about, so I think finishing one of the readings in Syriac will be enough Lenten struggle.

That being said… what are you guys reading?