This distinctive book, Churchly Joy, contains spiritual orations and edifying discourses rooted in the Orthodox tradition. In Churchly Joy Sergius Bulgakov takes readers through the joyous mysteries of the church year as reflected in the Orthodox Church’s major feasts, including celebrations of the Annunciation, the Birth of Christ, the Epiphany, the Transfiguration, the Triumphal Entry, Easter, and more. Churchly Joy reflects Bulgakov’s transcendent vision for the church and will provide spiritual growth and edification for all Christians.
There are two worlds for the Christian and two lives in them: one of these lives belongs to this world of sorrow and suffering, while the other is lived in a hidden manner in the Kingdom of God, in the joyful city of heaven. All of the events, both of the Gospel and of the Church, which are celebrated at different times of the Church Year are not only remembered but are also accomplished in us, insofar as our souls touch this heavenly world. These events become for us a higher reality, a source of unceasing celebration, of perfect joy. – from the preface
Sergius Bulgakov (18711944) is widely regarded as the twentieth centurys leading Orthodox theologian. His other books include Icons and the Name of God, Relics and Miracles,The Burning Bush, The Friend of the Bridegroom, The Lamb of God, Jacobs Ladder, and Unfading Light.