Preaching: Intelligible and Effective – An Interview with Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev)

This interview, with Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) is not all about preaching, but he makes the profound and necessary connection between preaching and mission (without which there would be no Church). I’ve republished the article in its entirety. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations and head of the […]

The Orthodox Understanding of Primacy and Catholicity

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev In the Orthodox tradition the theme of primacy is closely connected with that of church authority, which, in its turn, is for the Orthodox theologian indivisible from the idea of ‘catholicity’ or ‘conciliarity.’ As is well known, for various historical reasons the Orthodox Church never had and to this very day […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Eight

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 The beauty of Orthodox services. The Sanctuary One of the most noticeable qualities of the divine services is their beauty and splendour. This beauty is also reflected in the external arrangement of the church. There is a well-known story from […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Seven

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 Liturgical “Ceremony” At this point I would like to review several aspects of the liturgical ceremony of the Orthodox Church, especially the peculiarities of hierarchical service. People sometimes say that Byzantine liturgical ceremony is outdated and needs to be simplified. […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Five

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 The Divine Liturgy Some of my non-Orthodox friends complain that the Orthodox Liturgy is too long, saying “why do you have to stretch out the Eucharist when you can serve it in half an hour?” My experience of the Liturgy […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Four

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 “Canonical” and “uncanonical” services All that has been said so far about the theological authority of liturgical texts relates to those found in the daily, weekly and annual cycle of services in the Service Book, the Book of Hours, the […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Three

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 Is a revision of liturgical texts possible? Several years ago I came across a short article in a journal of the Coptic Church where it stated that this Church had decided to remove prayers for those held in hell from […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Two

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 Liturgical texts as a school of theology May I now turn to the theological and dogmatic significance of liturgical texts. In my view, liturgical texts are for Orthodox Christians an incontestable doctrinal authority, whose theological irreproachability is second only to […]