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: From the Heart – A Journey of Love

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Wonderful journey into the potential and power of poetry. I will be the first to admit that I did not get poetry until I read this book. I now understand poetry as a way to transport you to another world, to travel the world without leaving to go anywhere. This book has so many poems that you would think you had enough poetry for a lifetime. Each poem takes you to another world filled with mystery in which what is left out is just as important as what is there. My two favorites are Thank You, which is a poem for soldiers or veterans who are serving or have served their country. This one almost brought tears of thankfulness, both for the poem being written and for the joy of serving my country. My second was Capri for this is the first poem that actually brought to me what poetry is meant to be – a vehicle of imagination and dreams, to transport you to another part of the planet filled with God’s beauty. Cannot wait to go there. Finally, there are many poems that speak of forgiveness and sorrow, and seeking heaven. All the poems are infused with a subtle love of God and neighbor and family, and also what happens when you betray those high ideals of God, family, and your neighbors for selfish reasons. I recommend this book as a wonderful journey into the potential and power of poetry. Hopefully, it will kindle your love of this fine art form that thanks to this book, I am now beginning to appreciate.

(Source: Amazon.com)

5* REVIEW: From the Heart – A Journey of Love

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

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. 

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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.

NEWSFLASH: Hadel Ma’ayeh and her poetry book “From the Heart” featured in Be A Bestseller

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Our Jordanian-American author Hadel S. Ma’ayeh and her book of poetry, haikus, and sayings titled From the Heart: A Journey of Love (2014; Hope & Life Press) have been featured in the January 11 Issue (#132) of the online magazine Be a Bestseller. Ma’ayeh, who is also a Huffington Post Passionista, was interviewed for this feature by Jennifer Carlevatti Aderhold. The interview is reproduced below for your enjoyment, with the magazine publisher’s consent.

Makin’ It Happen

As this week’s Makin it Happen Author we have Hadel S. Ma’ayeh, who resides in scenic Illinois, USA and beautiful Madaba, Jordan. Hadel is passionate about the arts, poetry in particular, and she draws her inspiration from profound poets, such as Khalil Gibran, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allen Poe. Hadel enjoys writing poems and haikus by taking in the world around her and writing from the heart. All of Hadel’s poetry is expressed by her emotions and the people who surround her in life. Like an oil painter who uses a paint brush, Hadel paints scenes and moments through her eloquent words.

Hadel is an American-Jordanian poet who has been writing poetry since she was nine years old. She is influenced and encouraged by her peers, family, and teachers. Her poetry spans 20 plus years of life experience, and readers are able to glimpse into Hadel’s Jordanian heritage as well as her faith as a Greek Orthodox Christian. Hadel is proud of the fact that she was baptized in the historical Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Madaba, Jordan, which houses a sixth century mosaic map of the Holy Land on the church’s floor.

Hadel is a new author of a book of 56 poems, 14 haikus, and various sayings published by Hope and Life Press. The book, FROM THE HEART – A Journey of Love, is available on Amazon worldwide along with other major booksellers. Additionally, before the book’s release date (October 16, 2014), Hadel made Amazon’s list of “Hot New Releases in Middle Eastern Poetry.” Currently, Hadel continues to write poems and haikus along with some new short stories.

You can learn more about Hadel and her work at:

 

NEWSFLASH: Hadel Ma’ayeh and her poetry book “From the Heart” featured in Be A Bestseller

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.)

NEWSFLASH: Hadel Ma’ayeh and her poetry book “From the Heart” featured in VEMA

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We are pleased to announce that our Jordanian-American author Hadel S. Ma’ayeh and her book of poetry, haikus, and sayings titled From the Heart: A Journey of Love (2014; Hope & Life Press) have been featured in the October issue of VEMA, the monthly newspaper of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, and the “oldest circulating Greek newspaper outside Greece.” Ma’ayeh who is also a Huffington Post Passionista was interviewed for this feature by Chris Vlahonasios of Transfigure Media. To read this fascinating interview whereby Hadel talks in depth about how she came to develop her poetry and sayings, please click here or on the above photo, and download the newspaper in English or Greek. The interview is on page 15.

From the Heart: A Journey of Love contains poems that are haunting and timeless, innovative and jazzy, exquisitely balanced, with the ability to invade one’s soul. In them Ma’ayeh’s poetic voice paints an extraordinarily realistic picture of life in our postmodern age. The sensory words and emotions she uses effectively transport the reader to the settings described. The composition of the poems is sufficiently complex to provoke the reader into filling the blanks with their imagination, while being left wanting more.

NEWSFLASH: Hadel Ma’ayeh and her poetry book “From the Heart” featured in VEMA

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

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Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

Below is an interview we recently had with another of our female authors, the Russian Orthodox scholar and linguist Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Dmitrieva Micallef is the author of the Russian and English editions of the book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters (2015, Hope & Life Press), in which the divine meaning and outlook of each letter of the Church Slavonic alphabet is revealed, together with their cognitive and educative functions.

Dmitrieva Micallef will be presenting her book this coming Saturday to the general and academic Russian public at the Tolstoy Institute of Languages and Culture, Moscow. A video recording of her presentation, with English subtitles, will be posted online for your edification. Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters is presently available in the Russian language in paperback and ebook editions from major booksellers worldwide including Amazon, and directly from ourselves at Hope and Life Press. The English language edition will soon be released.

Q. Larisa, when did you first start writing scientifically?

I started writing scientific articles in Russian journals when I was a postgraduate student in 2009. That year, I wrote my first article Rene de Saussure’s theory of word formation, which was about the role of artificial languages (created as auxiliary international languages and not belonging to any country) in modern linguistics, and about the possibilities of constructing words in the most successful artificial language – Esperanto. I presented that paper at our annual Moscow University conference Lomonosov 2009, and was awarded first place.

Q. What is the story behind your new book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters? It received great early reviews!

In this book, I tried giving readers a good knowledge about God, the deeds of Jesus Christ as portrayed in Orthodox Christianity, and the Scriptural truths expressed by the alphabet of the Church Slavonic language. I also introduced readers to Russian history, culture, and worldview, as they were formed throughout the years by Church Slavonic itself. 

Q. What motivated you to become an author?

I was motivated to become an author through the great desire I felt to share my ideas with other people. My first major scientific work had been my doctoral dissertation, which took six years to complete. I had carried out a lot of innovative research about artificial and essential languages, and written many times about scholars who were exploring that issue. I had also read several books and learned a dozen languages, to effectively elicit relevant information from different primary sources written in different languages. So while writing the dissertation, I ended up having concurrently written over 20 scientific articles about the issue under investigation. I had also learned how to explore and accumulate knowledge. I had already participated in various peer-reviewed conferences and given lectures, sharing my discoveries with colleagues and students. Thus with feedback, I started thinking of writing to communicate what I had learned throughout my journey, with more people through books.  Continue reading “AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.”

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D.

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