The Parables of Jesus
Edited and Translated by Christopher Veniamin
Sermons by Saint Gregory Palamas is the title of a new series, in which many of Saint Gregory’s extant homilies are arranged thematically, principally for the benefit of the layperson interested in the rich Biblical tradition of the Church Fathers.
The Parables of Jesus is the fourth volume in the series, and covers the parables of the Publican and the Pharisee, the Prodigal Son, the Second Coming, the Unforgiving Servant, the Marriage Feast, the Sower, and of Lazarus and the Rich Man.
"Saint Gregory gave to the Church what is surely the most complete synthesis and perfect formulation of the Apostolic tradition of all generations. His theology, in a charismatic and existential way, recapitulates, in its entirety, the spiritual experience of the saints of the Old and New Testaments . . . The sermons of Saint Gregory Palamas, in spirited and uncomplicated idiom, render his entire life's work accessible to the people of God. In fact, they form the most complete introduction not only to his theology, but to the theology of all the great Fathers of the Church." – Archimandrite Zacharias, Monastery of St. John the Baptist, England
PHILOSOPHY OF PURPOSE: Why the two forms, The Homilies and the Sermons?
Our edition of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (800-pages) contains all sixty-three extant sermons of St. Gregory.
The series, “Sermons by Saint Gregory Palamas”, is a selection of St. Gregory’s homilies arranged thematically (each booklet is about 60 to 90 pages), but does not contain all sixty-three of his sermons.
The “Sermons” is currently comprised of The Saving Work of Christ, Mary the Mother of God, On the Saints, The Parables of Jesus, and Miracles of the Lord.
The reason for producing both of the above editions is twofold.
Firstly, The Homilies, are offered chiefly with scholars and pastors in mind, and thus contains a detailed introduction, scholia and indexes.
Secondly, “The Sermons”, are published mainly with church schools, homeschooling, and study groups in mind, providing just the simple text at an affordable price, and presupposes that the instructor would be teaching from the 800-page complete edition of The Homilies, thereby availing the class or group of its additional pedagogical materials.