The Friend of the Bridegroom: On the Orthodox Veneration of the Forerunner

The Friend of the Bridegroom: On the Orthodox Veneration of the Forerunner

The Friend of the Bridegroom: On the Orthodox Veneration of the Forerunner

The Friend of the Bridegroom: On the Orthodox Veneration of the Forerunner

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My aim in this work is to provide a dogmatic interpretation of the veneration, in Orthodoxy, of the Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord. In addition to Gospel narratives, this interpretation is based on sacred tradition as it is embodied in the patristic literature, in liturgy, and in iconography. Given the nature of the material, I mainly had to use the data of liturgical theology, i.e., the content of liturgical texts and icons. It goes without saying that to my conjectures I can attribute only the significance of personal theological opinions, of dogmatic hypotheses, so to speak, for this domain of inquiry is a difficult one and one that has not been well explored. The present work (1925–26) is the second part, as it were, of my recently published book, The Burning Bush (on the Orthodox veneration of the Mother of God). Their common theme is a dogmatic interpretation of the Orthodox veneration of the Mother of God and the Forerunner taken separately and together. In other words, the subject of both books is the Deisis, the iconographic representation of the presence of the Mother of God and the Forerunner before Christ.

Paris Easter, 1927

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