Intended as a sequal to the widely acclaimed and highly popular The Living God, these two volumes of The Incarnate God present a new cathechetical model, derived from the Church's liturgical year. Utilizing scriptural readings, hymns, and icons of the feasts of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, the team of authors, comprised of Orthodox theologians and pastors, draws us deeply into the mysteries of the faith as experienced in the cycle of feasts and fasts which are lived out by the faithful each year.
Like The Living God, the present work draws on all the rich resources of the Orthodox tradition to present a holistic vision of the faith-a vision accessible to believers precisely because it derives from their own experience of the Church. Scripture, theology, hymnography and iconography are all woven together and speak to the entire person, mind and body alike. The more than one hundred beautiful iconographic illustrations that accompany the text were commissioned specifically for this edition. These images represent an attempt to present to the people of God a small part of the vast treasury of images from the iconographic tradition of the Church.
This incredibly rich catechetical work is organized into two volumes. Volume 1, organized around Advent, Christmas and the theophany cycles, includes chapters on the Nativity and Presentation of the Virgin, the Holy Ancestors, angels and the circumcision. Volume 2, primarily focusing on Great Lent and the Resurrection, also covers Ascension, Pentecost and Dormition. Each volume, in addition to a complete index, has an extensive useful glossary explaining liturgical, scriptural and the theological terminology. High school recommended. Volume 1 - 199 pp. Volume 2 - 268 pp