Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies
Edited with Scholia and Translated by Christopher Veniamin
ST. GREGORY PALAMAS represents Orthodox theology at its most sublime. Patristic theology in the fourteenth century, of which St. Gregory is indubitably the greatest exponent, touched the very boundaries of theological expression.
St. Gregory’s sermons are among the finest in Patristic literature. In his treatment of the manifold themes contained therein, he is remarkably consistent in maintaining a balance between originality of thought and strict adherence to the tradition of his predecessors. Moreover, his genius resides in the ease with which he demonstrates, as only a master of the spiritual life can, the refreshingly practical significance of the doctrines of the Church for the Life in Christ.
DR. CHRISTOPHER VENIAMIN is a spiritual child of St. Sophrony the Athonite and Founder of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England.
Born and raised in London, of Greek Cypriot parents, Dr. Veniamin holds the four-year First Degree in theology from the University of Thessalonica in Greece, his doctoral degree in theology from the University of Oxford in England, and is Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary (STS) in Pennsylvania. Dr. Veniamin joined the STS faculty in the fall of 1994, and on September 31, 2005, received the distinct honor of being elected its first ever full professor.
From January of 2016 to June of 2020, Dr. Veniamin also served as Professor of Patristic Theology and Dean in the Antiochian House of Studies, where, inter alia, he designed and established the PhD Program in Orthodox Studies, and led the School to Candidacy Status in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).
An avid cantor, Professor Veniamin also holds the four-year Degree in Byzantine Chant from the SS. Romanus Molodus and John Damascene School of Ecclesiastical Music in Thessalonica, and is a pupil of Eleftherios Georgiades, former Lampadarios of the Great Church of Christ.