ON THE PRIESTHOOD AND THE HOLY EUCHARIST
According to St. Symeon of Thessalonica, Patriarch Kallinikos of Constantinople and St. Mark Eugenikos of Ephesus
by Protopresbyter Geoge Dion. Dragas
Paperback (February 2004)
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This book presents three patristic texts on the Priesthood and the Holy Eucharist by Saint Symeon of Thessalonica (A Discourse on the Priesthood to a Pious Monk, who Had Become a Deacon and Priest and Later Became a High Priest), Patriarch Kallinikos of Constantinople (A Guide for Priests and Deacons on How They Must Serve in the Church, How They Should Prepare for the Sacred Service of the Divine Liturgy, and How They Should Amend Sudden Eventualities and Difficulties that Emerge in the Course of Rendering such a Service); and Saint Mark Eugenikos of Ephesus (Exposition of the Church's Acolouthy). These texts serve as a reminder to clergy and laity that prayer and liturgy are primary functions of priests and are designed to put forward in a constant way the Mystery of Christ, which constitutes the basis of the Church as the Arc 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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