Author: Deacon George Peter Bithos
Saint Methodios of Constantinople: A Study of His Life and Worksis the first full-scale study in English of the life and work of the great Patriarch of Constantinople, St. Methodios the Confessor (843-847). It was under him that the end of the second and final stage of the iconoclastic dispute came about. Patriarch Methodios was also responsible for establishing the “Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy,” through which the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the restoration of the use of icons in the Church (1st Sunday of Great Lent) and solemnly reaffirms the famous Synodikon of Orthodoxy. The present volume provides details on the life and times of this great Patriarch, the events that led to the triumph of Orthodoxy and the celebrations of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, including the Synodikon. It also provides a thorough and scholarly discussion of the consequences of the restoration of the icons and of the criticism which the Studite monks raised against the Patriarch. More importantly, it discusses the ecclesiological issue that was connected with the iconoclastic dispute, involving such church personalities as Patriarchs Germanos I, Tarasios, Nikephoros I and Methodios, as well as Theodore the Studite. In the last chapter, entitled “Literary Harvest,” the author explores through detailed analysis and discussion the various literary productions of the Patriarch. All of these, and especially the hagiographical and liturgical texts, reveal the great ecclesiastical and pastoral personality of St. Methodios, as well as his pivotal role in resolving the iconoclastic crisis and specifying the course of the church's path and mission in history.
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