Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters presented in Brussels

Here are some photographs of the recent presentation given by the Russian-Maltese Orthodox scholar and linguist, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., at the Russian Cultural Center in Brussels. The presentation was so well received that another one is going to be held. Micallef lectured on the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters as discussed in her book, published by Hope and Life Press in Russian and English editions.

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Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters presented in Brussels

NEWS: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef speaks on Church Slavonic tomorrow in Brussels

 

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Our Russian Orthodox scholar and author, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., will tomorrow be lecturing and presenting her book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters on the occasion of the Day of Slavonic Writing commemorated by the Orthodox Church. The lecture-presentation will take place at the Russian Cultural Center, Rue du Meridien 21, Brussels, Belgium at 7:00pm. Entrance is free, everyone is welcome to attend.

Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters is available in paperback edition, in the Russian and English languages, from Amazon, directly from the publishers, and from major booksellers worldwide.

 

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NEWS: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef speaks on Church Slavonic tomorrow in Brussels

5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

This book itself is a true blessing, written by a passionate soul, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., who touches upon the most sacred topic with such an eloquence and utter delicacy that couldn’t leave one not feeling spiritually enlightened upon reading. From the very first page, we as readers are met with the divine wisdom of each letter of Church-Slavonic alphabet. The Church-Slavonic language is the soul of the people and the traces of it left imprints on language, culture, and literature altogether, evoking most powerful and sincere feelings. What is treasured about this book is that it reveals the Church-Slavonic language as a means that opens and deepens our connection to the God.

By reading Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters we are going through the holy journey on which we become closer with our Holy Father and it, itself, is a true gift. With so much love in my heart, I would like to thank Larisa Olegovna Dmitrieva Micallef for giving us such a blessing in the form of this divine book.

(Source: Amazon.co.uk)

5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef’s recent presentations

Larisa signing copies of her book at the presentation organized by the Russian Orthodox community in Malta
Larisa presenting her book in Saint Petersburg
Larisa presenting her book at the Saint Petersburg Meeting of Literary Critics.

Here are some pictures of Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef‘s recent lecture-presentations in Valletta, Malta and Saint Petersburg, Russia on her book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (Hope & Life Press, 2015), which were very well received.

The book is available in the English and Russian language editions in paperback / ebook versions from Amazon globally, major booksellers, and directly from ourselves at Hope & Life Press.

Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef’s recent presentations

Another 5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

This book itself is a true blessing; written by a passionate soul, that is Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., who touches upon the most sacred topic with such an eloquence and utter delicacy that couldn’t leave one not feeling spiritually enlightened upon reading.

From the very first page, we, as readers, are met with divine wisdom of each letter of the Church-Slavonic alphabet. The Church-Slavonic language is the soul of the people and the traces of it left imprints on language, culture, and literature altogether, evoking most powerful and sincere feelings.

What is treasured about this book is that it reveals the Church-Slavonic language as a means that opens and deepens our connection to God.

By reading Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, we are going through the holy journey on which we become closer with our Holy Father and it, itself, is a true gift.

With so much love in my heart, I would like to thank Larisa Olegovna Micallef for giving us a blessing in the form of this divine book.

(Source: Amazon UK)

Another 5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

DIVINE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHURCH SLAVONIC LETTERS . . . Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef PhD has given us a compact volume which is eminently readable and educational and practical, in familiarizing one and assisting one in the reading of Church Slavonic. Written by a true scholar, Larisa presents the letters (visually printed) of the alphabet letter by letter, providing its pronunciation in sound and word context; and as Church Slavonic is a phonetic language, once one can pronounce the letters, one can easily read and pronounce the printed words and texts of liturgical books.

Larisa also provides a history of the Church Slavonic language and letters, and their symbolic religious dimensions and associations . . . showing how the letters themselves form a kind of basic catechism or “creed” of the faith, which become incorporated into every word one reads in the liturgical prayers and service books, and subtly communicate those truths with every word one reads. And so we have in addition to the texts of the prayers, also we receive the message of each letter that forms the words of those prayers or scripture passages.

Church Slavonic has been the “pan-Slavic” Orthodox Liturgical language used in all Slavic Orthodox church services (including by those Orthodox churches which, in history, have established intercommunion with the Roman Catholic Church, such as the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church) . . . for me, it is the language I grew up hearing in church and prayed. With the advent of more and more vernacular usage in churches, there has been in some places less use of Church Slavonic and in many ways, this brings a spiritual loss and a true “identity loss” within the individual as well. I have found Larisa’s book a great assist in re-familiarizing my own self with reading the Church Slavonic prayers and service books, in associating the visual print of the words; translating them into pronounced proper spoken sounds . . . the sounds that resonate with the faith I grew up with and in.

Larisa, I think, shows that while vernacular, be it Russian or Ukrainian or other, will always be a reality and need, it can never supplant or replace Church Slavonic . . . and the two can well co-exist to the benefit of the other.

I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand more about the language and its origin, its religious symbolisms and its usage . . . or who wish to pray the traditional prayers in the traditional language . . . I have had several Church Slavonic Grammars and dictionaries (slovniks), but in addition to the years of simply being in the presence of Church Slavonic as it is prayed, Larisa’s work has show it to be a most helpful reference to actively read those prayers and liturgical texts . . . and I thank her for writing and making it available.

(Source: Amazon US)

5* review for Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

NEWS: Upcoming lectures by Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

We are pleased to announce that our Russian Orthodox linguist and author Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., will be giving lectures about the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (2015, Hope & Life Press) to both the Russian and Maltese public. Details of the lectures and presentations can be found below. The book is available from major booksellers including Amazon in both the Russian and English languages, in paperback and ebook editions.

1) Revival of the Lost Heritage – Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12.00 pm. VENUE: Lecture Hall of Sunday School, Bogoslovskiy pereulok 4, Moscow, Russia.

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On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12pm, at the Sunday School Lecture Hall (Bogoslovskiy pereulok 4, Moscow, Russia), there will be a lecture titled Revival of the Lost Heritage and presentation of the book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters by Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef. The author will speak about the important role of Church Slavonic in Russia, its international impact, and about the divine significance of the Church Slavonic letters. At the end of the lecture, the author will answer questions from the audience and the books will be available for sale at a reduced price. Entrance to the lecture is free.

2) Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters – Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7.00 pm. VENUE: Conference Hall of the Volunteer Center, Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, 186 Melita Street, Valletta, Malta. 

Larisa's Presentation - Malta

Fascinating lecture for everyone about the divine significance of Church Slavonic letters by Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.; lecturer at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Languages and Culture. The book will also be available for sale and entrance to the lecture is free.

NEWS: Upcoming lectures by Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

NEW RELEASE: Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (English ed.)

Divine Significance Front Cover English edHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the English edition of the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, written by the Russian Orthodox scholar Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Dmitrieva Micallef is a lecturer in linguistics at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture, Moscow, Russia.

In this book, Dmitrieva Micallef reveals and conveys the meaning and outlook of each letter in the Church Slavonic alphabet, with their inherent divine wisdom and cognitive/educative functions. Church Slavonic is the proto-Slav language of Saints Cyril and Methodius, that significantly influenced Russian language, literature, and culture. It is also the old liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. Dmitrieva Micallef explores the origin and intersection of Russian and other Slavonic languages, expertly showing how sociocultural values in both Russia and Orthodoxy were formed through Church Slavonic. Similarities and differences between the Church Slavonic and Russian languages are clarified. Readers are introduced to Church Slavonic as a way of communicating with God, since the alphabet itself, combined together, results in a homily, with the divine wisdom found therein providing the Word of God for a deep spiritual journey.

Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (English ed.) is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon, and other major booksellers. The book is also available in paperback and ebook editions in the Russian language.

Early Reviews

– Exciting journey through the history of the Russian language and culture through Church Slavonic letters, highly recommended – Marina Tikhonycheva, Ph.D., Rector, Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture.

– The book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters corresponds to the requirements established for such a work and is highly recommended for publication – Archpriest Andrey Khokhlov, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya, Moscow.

– Fascinating, combines profundity of thought and scientific content. Useful not only for those who are Orthodox, but also for those interested in Russian culture and language – Vladimir Eger, Catechist, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya.

– Shows close connection between Russian and Church Slavonic, expressing divine wisdom and the original ideology of the Slavs – Anastasiya Piskunova, Master of History, Faculty at Moscow State University.

NEW RELEASE: Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (English ed.)

NEW RELEASE: Божественное значение церковнославянских букв / Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

Divine Significance Front Cover Russian edHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of Божественное значение церковнославянских букв, the Russian language edition of the Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters, written by the Russian Orthodox scholar Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Dmitrieva Micallef is a lecturer in linguistics at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture, Moscow, Russia.

In this book, Dmitrieva Micallef reveals and conveys the meaning and outlook of each letter in the Church Slavonic alphabet, with their inherent divine wisdom and cognitive/educative functions. Church Slavonic is the proto-Slav language of Saints Cyril and Methodius, that significantly influenced Russian language, literature, and culture. It is also the old liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. Dmitrieva Micallef explores the origin and intersection of Russian and other Slavonic languages, expertly showing how sociocultural values in both Russia and Orthodoxy were formed through Church Slavonic. Similarities and differences between the Church Slavonic and Russian languages are clarified. Readers are introduced to Church Slavonic as a way of communicating with God, since the alphabet itself, combined together, results in a homily, with the divine wisdom found therein providing the Word of God for a deep spiritual journey.

Божественное значение церковнославянских букв is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon, and other major booksellers. An English edition is forthcoming soon.

Early Reviews

– Exciting journey through the history of the Russian language and culture through Church Slavonic letters, highly recommended – Marina Tikhonycheva, Ph.D., Rector, Leo Tolstoy Institute of Language and Culture.

– The book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters corresponds to the requirements established for such a work and is highly recommended for publication – Archpriest Andrey Khokhlov, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya, Moscow.

– Fascinating, combines profundity of thought and scientific content. Useful not only for those who are Orthodox, but also for those interested in Russian culture and language – Vladimir Eger, Catechist, Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Parish Church, Bronnaya.

– Shows close connection between Russian and Church Slavonic, expressing divine wisdom and the original ideology of the Slavs – Anastasiya Piskunova, Master of History, Faculty at Moscow State University.

NEW RELEASE: Божественное значение церковнославянских букв / Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters

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