Metropolitan Hilarion’s new book “Rites of the Orthodox Church” is
25.05.2012 · DECR Chairman
Published is the book “Rites of the Orthodox Church” by
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. It is a new joint project of the
Publishing House of the Moscow Patriarchate and the EKSMO Publishing House.
The book tells about the sacraments and rites of the Orthodox Church. What is
consecration and transfiguration? What do the Sacrament of Matrimony and taking
the veil have in common? What should one know about a burial service and prayers
for the dead? How are water and different objects being blessed? In this book,
one will find answers to these and many other questions.
The author writes about all rites of the Church, dwelling upon the main ones:
taking the veil, burial service, and about blessing of water, consecration of a
church, blessing of the Holy Chrism, prayer services on various occasions.
The book is recommended by the Publishing House of the Moscow Patriarchate
and addressed to the reading public, both faithful and those who are going to
cross the Church’s threshold.
Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk is the chairman of the Moscow
Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, chairman of the Synodal
Biblical Commission, rector of the Sts Cyril and Methodius Post-Graduate and
Doctoral School of the Moscow Patriarchate, Doctor of Philosophy of the
University of Oxford, and Doctor of Divinity of the St Sergius Orthodox
Theological Institute in Paris.
Metropolitan Hilarion is the author of over 30 books on theology and church
history, which were translated into several languages and republished many
times. He is also the author of many musical compositions for choir and symphony
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