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Friday, October 1, 2021

In Praise of Robert Slesinski (III): Ecclesiology

In this category of Slesinski's works we place not only Holy Mother Church, but several other works as well. But to begin with this one, here is the publisher's blurb:

Holy Mother Church is the latest of Fr. Slesinski’s contributions in mystagogical catechesis, which already include ten other books, all published by Eastern Christian Publications. The Christian Faithful throughout the world at every Divine Liturgy or Holy Mass profess a creedal belief “in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” This catechetical study directly examines the full meaning of these constitutive marks of the Church–the Church in her oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity. It covers the universal aspects of the Church at the opposite end of the spectrum from ECP’s recent book The Home Church which examines mixed marriage of Catholics and Orthodox. Color icons enhance the meaning of the book throughout.  

We also have A Primer on Church and Eucharist: Eastern Perspectives, from 2007, which is also available in Spanish.

I would also put in this category some of his other books that look at crucial parts of the Church's life, starting with Holy Tradition: An Essay in Reparation from 2018. About this book we are given a short blurb befitting a short (50pp.) book: An Eastern examination of the meaning of Tradition in the context of today’s problems for the Church.  

The Church lives in, from, and with her tradition, including sacramental and liturgical traditions, which are not meant to be exclusively inward focused, but to take Christians out to The Holy Apostolate: The Liturgy After the Liturgy (2013). 

The liturgy is of course intimately connected to the sacraments, treated in The Holy Mysteries: Celebrating Christ's Sacramental Presence (2018). 

But liturgy must also give rise to new and different ways of living, well treated in this introduction to moral theology: The Holy Decalogue

Moral and liturgical life both are led in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the light of the resurrection, both well treated in The Holy Pentekostarion: Catechesis on Holy Week, Pascha, and Pentecost from 2010. 

Finally, to speak 'patristically,' we can say that all sacraments, all liturgy, all ecclesial life culminate in the one who is the Ark and Temple of the Most High, The Holy Theotokos: In Festal Commemoration, published in 2012 and one of Slesinski's longest books in this category. 

About this book the publisher tells us this: 

This book continues the series of adult education on the feast days of the Byzantine Churches, their theology and liturgical texts. 200 pages with icons.

Series ended.

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