Symeon and Divine Worship

Hilarion Alfeyev

in St. Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270096
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683893 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Symeon and Divine Worship

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Divine worship occupies a very important place in the life of a monk, who usually spends many hours a day in church. Symeon the New Theologian, who lived all the time in cenobitic monasteries, must have attended church offices every day during about fifty years of his monastic life. An analysis of his background would be incomplete without pointing out the enormous role of church worship in his life and spirituality. This chapter examines Symeon's attitude to three main dimensions of the Orthodox liturgical tradition: daily monastic office, the Eucharist, and the annual cycle of feasts. The basic principles and elements of the monastic office in Orthodox tradition are also discussed, and especially in Constantinopolitan monasteries of the time of Symeon. The question of frequency of Communion and liturgy in Eastern monasteries are considered in connection with Symeon's eucharistic approach. This chapter looks at the basic principles and elements of divine worship in early monasticism, the monastic office in Constantinople around the time of Symeon, and Simeon's eucharistic piety.

Keywords: Symeon the New Theologian; divine worship; Eucharist; feasts; monastic office; Orthodox tradition; Communion; liturgy; monasticism; piety

Chapter.  12682 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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