THE HOLY SACRAMENTS OF BAPTISM, CHRISMATION AND HOLY COMMUNION
The Five Mystagogical Catechisms of St. Cyril of Jerusalem
by Protopresbyter Geoge Dion. Dragas
Language: English and Modern Greek
Series: Orthodox Spirituality
Paperback (October 2008)
Price: $11.95 + S&H (USD)
This volume comprises the last five Mystagogical Catechisms which are a unit and constitute the pinnacle of St. Cyril’s lessons to the newly illumined Christians. They have a special importance for all Christians and can become the starting point for rekindling our love and dedication to the leader of perfector of our faith, our Lord and God Jesus Christ. St. Cyril reminds us in these Catechisms a) that as baptized Christians we are committed to be dead to ourselves and to the world, b) that as chrismated with the holy Myrrh we have received the Holy Spirit, to Whom we must fully entrust ourselves, and c) that when we attend the Divine Liturgy, we must prepare ourselves and partake of the immaculate sacraments of the Body and Blood of Christ. This is the rule of the Orthodox Christian, the way of Salvation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas, Ph.D., D.D. (Hon.), Δ.Θ. (Hon.) is Professor of Patrology/Patristics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was born in Athens, Greece, where he received his first education and studied science. He pursued Theological Studies at Edinburgh University (B.D.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Th.) and Durham University, England (Ph.D.).
He taught Patristics at Durham University in England from 1974 – 1995. Since 1995, he has been teaching at Holy Cross in Brookline. At present, he is also Visiting Professor at Sherbrooke Université and Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, and at the University of Balamand (Lebanon), St. John of Damascus School of Theology.
He is a specialist on St. Athanasius and the Alexandrian theologians and is responsible for updating with critical introductions the Athens reprint of Migne's Patrologia Græca (about 150 volumes published so far).
He is a member of the Academie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses (Brussels) and has been involved in Ecumenical Dialogues for many years as representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
In 2000, the Faculty of Theology of the St. Klement National University of Sofia, Bulgaria conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) Honoris causa. In 2005, he was honored with another honorary Theology Doctorate by the Aristotle University of Thessalonike in Greece. In 2006, he received the Aristeion (top award for academic excellence) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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