The Heavenly Banquet: Understanding the Divine Liturgy

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  • The Heavenly Banquet: Understanding the Divine Liturgy by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
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Item No. 008634

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The Heavenly Banquet addresses head-on not only liturgical matters, but also social, moral, and doctrinal issues, always in a clear, practical, informational, and uplifting way. In depth, yet easy to follow, written in simple, understandable language, this book will aid Catechists and instructors who can draw from its abundant material for presentation and discussion. This work will be of great benefit to any Orthodox Christian who wants to obtain a better understanding of the Divine Liturgy.

Features include:

  • 80 Special Topic Studies (40 "Mini Studies" & 40 "A Word About" studies)
  • A self-contained extensive Introduction
  • The complete Divine Liturgy text, indexed for quick reference
  • Thorough, detailed Index of words and names
  • Color-coded Index of all Biblical citations
  • Parallel Biblical accounts of the institution of the Eucharist
  • The complete Anaphora from the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
  • 1281 footnotes
  • 305 bibliographical sources

Praise for The Heavenly Banquet

"It's a spectacular book not only in what he himself [Fr. Emmanuel] comments, but all the glossary that’s there, the bibliography that’s there, all the quotations of the Church Fathers and modern writers that are there. It’s just totally awesome." -The late Fr. Thomas Hopko

"Father Emmanuel’s work should be admired for its breadth and depth, as well as the assistance it will bring to all those who seek to enhance their participation in the Holy Eucharist. We thank him with our paternal blessings on this endeavor, with our prayers for its good use among the faithful." -The late Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago


The commentary examines in depth certain crucial issues, such as:

  • Why do we pay such a great honor to the species of bread and wine carried in procession before their consecration (Great Entrance)?
  • Why do we use bread and wine?
  • Was the Mystical Supper a Passover meal?
  • Is the Eucharist a sacrifice?
  • What is the significance of “remembering” the Lord’s command “Do this”?
  • What do we offer to God?
  • What exactly is taking place when we gather together to offer and partake of Christ in the Eucharist?
  • What is the ultimate purpose for offering God the Divine Liturgy?

The commentary returns to a few points with persistence. Active and joyful participation by the people stands out—participation through a fuller comprehension, by joining in the singing, by praying and, especially, through participation in the holy sacraments. The commentary insists that the so-called secret prayers be read out loud. Another important point stressed by the book is a joyful participation in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

THB opens new vistas, offering an eschatological perspective of the Eucharistic Mystery, and a renewed call for regular participation of the Eucharist. It contains extensive sections on how to prepare for Holy Communion, on how frequently to approach, it provides guidance on Communion fasting, and an explanation of the great mystery and what it does to those who partake of it. Follow THB and the Divine Liturgy won’t be boring to you ever again. THB will help you pray with understanding, with meaning, with fervor, with spiritual joy.

 

Hardcover: 400 pages

Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.25 inches

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