NEWS: More Hope & Life Press books at the National and Public Libraries of Malta

hlp-hires-logo-white-bkWe are pleased to announce that the following books releases of Hope and Life Press will start being available at the National and Public Libraries of the Maltese Islands from next month:

The devotional book of prayer Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the Reverend Andrew Highway, Anglican curate at the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales.

Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine by HLP founder / Catholic author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela.

The urban fantasy novel Judging Angels by Illinois death penalty defender / Catholic author Timothy Capps, Esq.

NEWS: More Hope & Life Press books at the National and Public Libraries of Malta

5* reviews for Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply

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Fantastic book of powerful, relatable prayers organized into four ‘Pray Simply’ sections. A must-have book for everyday prayers.

Useful for home groups or pastoral visits. A really accessible and refreshing approach to prayer. Useful for visits as a way to start discussing and praying about some difficult everyday issues.

Five stars! The prayers in this book offer inspirational thoughts and can be used for personal, meetings and worship groups.

(Source: Amazon UK).

5* reviews for Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply

Poetry and the Sacred readings at Oxford by Christopher Villiers

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Our British Catholic award-winning theologian and poet, Christopher Villiers, will be giving a readings presentation in July from his book Sonnets From the Spirit at the House of Saint Gregory and Saint Macrina, Oxford, United Kingdom. The presentation is titled Poetry and the Sacred and will be part of the event Sacred and Secular in Life and Art organized by the Ainos Cultural Society, the University of Winchester, and the Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius. Participants include Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Aidan Hart, Rebecca White, and Andrew Louth.

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Sonnets From the Spirit, released late last year by Hope and Life Press, contains an anthology of 52 icons in poetry from major episodes in Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash and illustrated by great works of sacred art. The book provides readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon globally, directly from Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.

Poetry and the Sacred readings at Oxford by Christopher Villiers

OUT SOON: The Jeweler’s Polish by Marie Ann Dean of Iowa

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NEW RELEASE: Sonnets From the Spirit

Sonnets from the Spirit FRONT COVERHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of Sonnets From the Spirit, written by the award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher VilliersSonnets From the Spirit is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash. The themes of the sonnets are illustrated by great works of sacred art. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon globally, and other major booksellers.

Early Reviews

“The poems of Villiers continue the ancient practice of midrash, the breaking open of Scripture texts, by entering into the voices of its characters and illuminating new facets of the stories. As such they offer worthy meditations to accompany our sacred reading, inviting us to consider our own lived responses” – Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., online Abbess at Abbey of the Arts, Pantheos contributor, and author of eight books on monastic spirituality and creativity.

“In this series of sonnets, Villiers takes us from the birth of Eve to the Assumption of the Virgin, the Second Eve. The sonnets are like icons in poetry, each poem a meditation seeking to take us through the biblical text into the mystery of God” – Archpriest Andrew Louth, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University.

“A new voice in poetry that helps us to find fresh insights into some of the classic passages of Holy Scripture, stimulating reflection and prayer” – Reverend Paul Richardson, Assistant Bishop (ret.) of Newcastle and Reviews Editor of the Church of England Newspaper.

“In Sonnets from the Spirit, the talented poet and theologian Christopher Villiers conveys Bible stories in verse. These rhythmic sonnets do not just tell a story. As you read, you become the central character of each poem, entering the viewpoint of Bible people and the events they encountered then, coming away with an ‘I’ ready to perceive and receive an ongoing relationship with God” – Mary Harwell Sayler, Christian poet and writer.

NEW RELEASE: Sonnets From the Spirit

Coming soon – Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

HLP Web logo Trans bkHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release in 2015 of the book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters by the Russian Orthodox scholar, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Church Slavonic is the language of Saints Cyril and Methodius. It is also the Slavic liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. The book will be released in both the Russian language and the English language, and will be available worldwide in paperback and ebook editions.

Coming soon – Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

Coming soon – Divine Light by Fr Richard Cannuli, OSA

Divine Light Front CoverHope & Life Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of a new book of original stained glass window designs and mosaics titled Divine Light: Worshipping the Lord through the art of stained glass by the world-renowned liturgical designer, Villanova University professor of art and bi-ritual priest, Fr Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. To the left is the front cover of Divine Light for your enjoyment.

Fr Cannuli is also the iconographer-author of the book Approaching the Divine: A Primer for Iconographypublished in hardback, paperback and ebook editions by Hope & Life Press (2014).

Coming soon – Divine Light by Fr Richard Cannuli, OSA

Our author Juha Roisko with the President of Finland

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Here is our photographer-author Juha Roisko (above, extreme right; below, front, seated to the right) with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö (front and center), and his wife at Uspenski Cathedral. The President attended services at Uspenski on the occasion of the celebration of the independence day of Finland. Roisko welcomed the President to the Cathedral in his official capacity as trustee.

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(Source: Helsingin Ortodoksinen Seurakunta)

Below can be seen the majestic interior of Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe.

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Roisko, a practising Orthodox Christian, is the photographer-author of Life (Hope & Life Press, 2014), a book of 100 full color, artistic photographs which portray the various layers of life and experiences it provides. Life is dedicated to the victims and survivors of abuse and cruelty. It is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon and other booksellers.

Our author Juha Roisko with the President of Finland

NEW RELEASE – Approaching the Divine: A Primer for Iconography by Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA

APPROACHING THE DIVINE FRONT COVER revWe are pleased to announce the release for the Christmas season of the book Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography, a collection of original icons – transfigurations of beauty and windows to heaven – by the hand of world-renowned American iconographer and Villanova University professor of art, the Reverend Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. Displaying icons of Christ, the Eternal Father, the Virgin Mary, angels and archangels, festal icons and icons of various saints in more than 100 full color pictures, Cannuli masterfully straddles and unites into one the artistic and spiritual divide between the Western Church and the Eastern Church by writing Catholic icons in the Russian-Byzantine tradition as a bi-ritual priest. Cannuli’s icons can be found in several churches and collections, and in the possession of many individuals around the globe including His Holiness, Pope Francis; the Maronite Primate, Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Sfeir and in the famous icon collection of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai, Egypt. Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, at Amazon globally and other booksellers.

Early Reviews

“The artworks project is a rare essence of mysticism . . . helping the artist connect with his audience while urging them to connect with each other, as they seek to respect the spirit of mystery and life” – Burton Wasserman, Emeritus Professor of Art and Art Critic, Rowan University.

“Cannuli has offered a great gift to those who know his work. I recently had the privilege of presenting Father Richard’s icon of Saint Augustine to His Holiness, Pope Francis, who was visibly moved and deeply appreciative as he held it in his hands. The spirituality of Saint Augustine, of which interiority is a pillar, is beautifully represented by all that Father Richard communicates through his art: God is truly present in our midst” – Bishop Robert F. Prevost, Titular Bishop of Sufar and Former Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine.

“Cannuli is among the foremost iconographers today. His icons, teaching of future iconographers and deep sense of the history and power of icons in evoking spiritual devotion are qualities that have endeared him to a whole generation of people. Approaching the Divine brings together decades of his work for those looking for spiritual sustenance and a personal path to union with the divine” – Carol Ludwig, Executive Director, The Center for Spiritual Care.

“Cannuli’s book Approaching the Divine gives the viewer insight into faith and hope by using imagery and color to explain the abundant graces and mercies of the God of the universe to a world greatly in need” – Archpriest John Perich, Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church.

About the Author

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Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A., obtained the Bachelor of Fine Arts from Villanova University, Pennsylvania in 1973 and the Master of Fine Arts from the Platt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1978. He studied iconography under the Russian master-iconographer Vladislav Andrejev and watercolor in Siena, Italy. Cannuli joined the faculty at Villanova University, teaching courses on transparent watercolor, printmaking, oil painting, figure drawing, fabric and iconography. Cannuli is the founder and director of the art gallery of the university and curator of its art collection.

Cannuli was appointed full professor of fine arts in 2000. He chaired the Department of Studio Art, History of Art and Music at Villanova University for 11 years and the Department of Theatre, Studio Art and Music for five years. Besides being a noted iconographer, Cannuli is also a master watercolorist and world-renowned designer of liturgical vestments. He designs and works with stained glass windows, mosaic, fabric and liturgical furniture. Certified in liturgical design by the Chicago Theological Union, Cannuli has consulted for numerous communities on the construction of choir and chapel spaces in Italy and the US.

Cannuli has presented exhibits of his icons in Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Poland, South Africa and the US. He has also presented watercolor exhibits in Belarus, China, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain and the US. Cannuli has organized, curated and judged various art exhibitions and consulted on determining the symbolism of antique icons together with specialists from Belarus and Russia. Cannuli regularly conducts iconography workshops in the Czech Republic, England, Italy, Poland and the US.

Icons of Cannuli have been commissioned by several parish communities and private individuals in Europe and the US. Some major commissions he has written can be found at the chapel of the law school of Villanova University in Pennsylvania, the churches of Divine Mercy and Saint Francis Xavier in Philadelphia, the convent of Saint Augustine in San Gimigniano, Italy, and the monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus in Denmark, Wisconsin.

Cannuli’s icon titled Do Not Weep For Me, Mother has been presented on behalf of Villanova University to the Primate of the Maronite Church, His Eminence, Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Sfeir, whereas his latest icon of Saint Augustine has been presented to His Holiness, Pope Francis on the occasion of the opening of the General Chapter of the Order of Saint Augustine. Cannuli’s icon titled The Holy Face Made Without Hands has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai, Egypt – a collection considered to portray the best early icons worldwide.

NEW RELEASE – Approaching the Divine: A Primer for Iconography by Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA