The Church at Worship is a new series of documentary case studies of specific worshipping communities from around the world and throughout Christian history. In this second volume, Tasting Heaven on Earth, Walter Ray provides vivid descriptions of Constantinople, its history, its people, and its worship practices, which set the stage for a rich selection of primary documents that present readers with a vibrant snapshot of Byzantine Christianity in the sixth century.
"A splendid introduction to Eastern Orthodox worship. Amply illustrated and documented, 'Tasting Heaven on Earth' makes the ancient and mysterious Byzantine Liturgy come alive for modern Western readers." -Paul Meyendorff, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Walter D. Ray is associate professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, an Eastern Orthodox layman, and the author of several articles on early Christian liturgy.