1. St. Germanus of Constantinople. On the Divine Liturgy[1905]

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    Author: Germanus I, Patriarch of Constantinople
    Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
    Year: 1984
    Cover: Paperback
    Type of Paper:
    Number of Pages: 108
    Format: 7 x 5 in
    ISBN: 978-0-88141-038-9


    The eighth-century document Historia Ecclesiastica of Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople (715-730) was for centuries the quasi-official explanation of the Divine Liturgy for the Byzantine Christian world. Although "allegorical" in content, its interest lies in its historical value, for it appeared at a time of great flux in the life of the Byzantine Church, at the outbreak of the iconoclastic controversies, a period which marked a strong shift in theology and piety. The theological significance of this document and its usefulness in understanding the form of the liturgy celebrated in the eighth century is discussed in an extensive introduction by the translator, Paul Meyendorff. The introduction includes an exposition on mystagogical catecheses and the development of an historicizing system of liturgical symbolism. This title is part of the Popular Patristics series.



    The text

    The author

    the liturgy of Germanus' time

    A. The Preparatory Rites

    B. The Enarxis

    C. The Introit

    D. The Liturgy of the word

    F. The great entrance

    G. The anafora

    H. the lord's prayer and communion

    the place of st. germanus in the tradition

    A. The Genre of the liturgical commentary

    B. Pseudo-Dionysius: the alexandrian tradition

    C. Theodore of Mopsuestia: The antiochene tradition

    D. Maximus the confessor

    E. The nature of the liturgical commentary

    F. Germanus: The new synthesis

    G. Reasons for this shift

    H. The legacy of germanus

    Ecclesiastical history and mystical contemplation