"I extend my appreciation to Father Stelyios for this significant theological and spiritual offering on the Prothesis Rite of the Divine Liturgy. His analysis affirms how our worship and celebration of the Holy Eucharist connect our past, present, and future as Christians- how the Liturgy offers a continuous witness of Christ's Passion, of the living and transforming message of the Gospel, and of the fulfillment of all things." -Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America
"Remember when they stopped making computer manuals, and to avoid going mad you had to buy Mac for Dummies? Well, Fr. Stelyios has written that manual for the Byzantine Prothesis rite. From now on, whoever wants to traverse that still largely uncharted minefield will have to have this book in hand." -Robert F. Taft, S.J., F.B.A., Professor Emeritus of Oriental Liturgy, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, Italy
"'Liturgical mystagogy,' writes Fr. Stelyios Muksuris, 'intends to raise the spiritual consciousness of the worshipper, from a trivial vision of the ritual acts conducted in church to a deeper understanding of the meaning behind those acts... It attempts to convey the invisible divine presence through the visible human act.' With this book, Fr. Stelyios has accomplished just such a mystagogy. He has enriched immeasurably my own appreciation of the preparatory ritual performed before the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. I am indebted to him for this book. My experience of the Liturgy will never be the same." -Metropolitan Savas, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, PA
The Reverend Protopresbyter Dr. Stelyios S. Muksuris, Ph.D., a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, serves as Professor of Liturgy at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. A native of Boston, he received his doctorate in liturgical theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. An active member of the international Societas Liturgica and the Society of Oriental Liturgy, his research interests include ancient Christian worship and Byzantine liturgical texts.