Orthodox Christian Spirituality: Glimpse the Unknown

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Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
The Catholic University of America
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Orthodox Christian Spirituality: Glimpse the Unknown

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
The Catholic University of America
(2 customer reviews)
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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Explore the rich spiritual world of Eastern Christianity and its 2,000-year history of faith.

Tracing their history back to the Apostolic Age, Eastern Christian churches keep alive ancient traditions. Their perspectives are fresh yet steeped in history, familiar yet unique. Now, this 12-lecture course offers you a glimpse into the living faith of the Eastern Christian churches and the early traditions that shaped all of Christianity, Eastern and Western.

Your guide is award-winning professor Stefanos Alexopoulos, an Orthodox priest who teaches at The Catholic University of America. Under his guidance, you will explore the Eastern spiritual perspectives on such topics as scripture, monasticism, prayer, liturgy, salvation, repentance, and the saints. By looking at these themes through a new lens, you will discover what makes Eastern Christianity different from and similar to Western Christianity.

Scholarly yet accessible, these engaging lectures invite you to encounter these traditions and practices firsthand and to uncover the treasures of Eastern Christ

Audio Sample:

Explore the rich spiritual world of Eastern Christianity and its 2,000-year history of faith.

Tracing their history back to the Apostolic Age, Eastern Christian churches keep alive ancient traditions. Their perspectives are fresh yet steeped in history, familiar yet unique. Now, this 12-lecture course offers you a glimpse into the living faith of the Eastern Christian churches and the early traditions that shaped all of Christianity, Eastern and Western.

Your guide is award-winning professor Stefanos Alexopoulos, an Orthodox priest who teaches at The Catholic University of America. Under his guidance, you will explore the Eastern spiritual perspectives on such topics as scripture, monasticism, prayer, liturgy, salvation, repentance, and the saints. By looking at these themes through a new lens, you will discover what makes Eastern Christianity different from and similar to Western Christianity.

Scholarly yet accessible, these engaging lectures invite you to encounter these traditions and practices firsthand and to uncover the treasures of Eastern Christianity. Today, millions of indigenous Christians live out the Gospel in homelands hostile toward their faith—a faith for which many die as martyrs. These lectures will help you recognize these Eastern Christians as your brothers and sisters in faith. Let the faith of your fellow Christians inspire your own as you bear witness to Christ.

Let the faith of your fellow Christians inspire your own as you bear witness to Christ.

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Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos is an expert on Eastern Christianity. A member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society of Oriental Liturgy, he has written works in English, Greek, German, and Russian. Since 2009, he has been actively involved in the new Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts project out of the Protestant Theological University in Holland.
A former visiting professor at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Fr. Alexopoulos currently teaches Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America. He also served as a parish priest and taught in the College Year in Athens Program for both the Greco-Roman Program of St. John’s University/St. Benedict’s College (Collegeville, MN) and the Pastoral Institute of the Archdiocese of Athens, Church of Greece.
The son and grandson of Greek Orthodox priests, Fr. Alexopoulos earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Hellenic College, an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. While at the University of Notre Dame, he taught the course “The Spirituality of the Christian East: Experience, Form, and Expression,” for which he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Fr. Alexopoulos is a full member of the Special Synodical Committee on Liturgical Renewal of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece.
 
 
Praise for Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos
 
“There is no one better to introduce the distinct spirituality of the Christian East than Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, a noted author, priest, scholar, and teacher… The spirituality of the Christian East, as Fr. Stefanos teaches, is at heart a liturgical spirituality.
– The Rev. Dr. Maxwell E. Johnson, Professor of Liturgy, University of Notre Dame
“Stefanos Alexopoulos is a highly regarded specialist in Byzantine Liturgy and has studied and written on its place in the wider context of the theological and spiritual traditions of the other Christian Churches of the East… An excellent scholar and engaging speaker.”
– Dominic E. Serra, SLD
“Stefanos Alexopoulos represents the best of a new generation of scholars who study Eastern Christian Liturgy. Coming from a traditional Orthodox country and educated in the best schools in North America, he ably combines authentic experience with rigorous study in his scholarship. His work is thus reliable, accessible, and fresh for those new to this field.”
– Very Rev. Alexander Rentel, Director of the master of divinity program, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

  • Introduction to Eastern Christianity
  • The Scriptures
  • Monasticism
  • The Jesus Prayer, Part I
  • The Jesus Prayer, Part II
  • Sacramental Life
  • Theosis: Salvation
  • Metanoia as a Paradigm of Christian Life
  • Fasting and Feasting
  • Mary and the Saints
  • Iconography
  • Conclusion: Does This All Matter?

2 reviews for Orthodox Christian Spirituality: Glimpse the Unknown

  1. Paul

    Excellent

    Great introduction. Covers many topics. Very rich history and endless depths to be explored.

  2. Anonymous

    Summer 2018 Survey

    Much lacking in the toolbox of many Roman Catholic professionals is even minimal knowledge of the Christian East. This series opens up the mysteries of Christianity from a different angle that enriches perceptions of Western Christians.

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