The Consecration of a Greek Orthodox Church According to Eastern Orthodox Tradition: A Detailed Account And Explanation Of the Ritual (Texts & Studies in Religion)

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Christo explains the ritual step by step, starting with describing the importance of relics and the service of their preparation. He then describes the service of consecration, including the reading of Psalm 143, the procession around the building, the entrance into the church and deposition of the relics (with the liturgy in an appendix), the washing of the altar table and its anointing and vesting, the anointing of the church, and the conclusion of the service. He includes a complete list of all special items needed. Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Rev. Dr. Gus George Christo, Protopresbyter, is a Greek Orthodox Priest and the Pastor of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Fr. Christo earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Durham in England. He has published two scholarly books on St. John Chrysostom, several articles and Lenten sermons. The highlight of his ministry was his reception of a sacred relic of St. John Chrysostom from Pope John Paul II during a personal audience in Rome in 1998. He has followed this milestone with the publication of the video The Saints: St. John Chrysostom, "They Called Him Golden Mouth," in which he served as text consultant, contributor and participant.

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"I wholeheartedly thank Rev. Dr. Gus George Christo for making available to a wider audience this beautiful consecration service of the Orthodox Faith. Fr. Christo realized the exigency of having this rite explained and brought to the forefront... The reader of this little treasure will be able to echo the words prayed during the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy service: "Lord, bless those who praise You and sanctify those who trust in You...Protect the whole Body of your church. Sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house. Glorify them in return by Your divine power...". Amen." - (from the Commendatory Preface) Georgia J. Mandakas (M.T.S., 1985), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology "Reverend Christo's book on the history and the rite of the Orthodox Church's rite of consecration proves to be a timely and well-written book on the important church service that often is not well-recognized or fully appreciated. In explaining the theology, but especially in revealing how this service is done, he goes to great lengths to show how the Holy Spirit sanctifies and makes prevalent God's real action and work among the faithful by being invisibly, yet wonderfully present throughout the history of Christendom. He is exhaustive in the historical context of its development, yet makes it really present through the introduction of his parish's consecration and the relics interred. This will be a welcome edition to this study for students of the topic, yet easy enough for all interests. Congratulations to Fr. Christo for making this accessible to all." - Fr. John Stavropoulos, Pastor of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, North Carolina "This book, written in a clear and pleasant style, is neatly divided into two basic divisions: The first part analyzes the two-day ritual of consecration. The author, with meticulous attention to detail, goes over each segment of the ritual, carefully noting the deeper meanings attached to each gesture and action. The second part is a text of the consecration service, which permits one to read and meditate upon the actual words used in the ceremony. The footnotes are plentiful and quite descriptive. They allow even someone unfamiliar with liturgical ritual to understand precisely what is being inferred. It is also evident that the author compiled the index, detailing scriptural reference consecration, with painstaking care." - Fr. Dennis Listermann-Vierling, Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church, Florida"

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