Hope and Life Press is pleased to present the Theotokos Icons Coloring Book in paperback edition. The book, which is the second in our new series of Christian coloring books, contains 20 original black-and-white traditional line drawings of famous icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The drawings are suitable for use by children aged 6 years upwards. Being faithful reproductions of the ancient originals, the drawings can also be used by adults who are starting to learn the sacred and liturgical art of iconography. The Theotokos Icons Coloring Book is available exclusively from the publishers.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the prayer book The Rule of the Theotokos According to Saint Seraphim of Sarov in full color edition. The Rule of the Theotokos is a devotional that contains the prayer rule that was originally given by the Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, to a monk in eighth century Egypt. It was prayed by Christians at the time, then fell into disuse. The rule was revived by the great Russian saint, Seraphim of Sarov, who advocated that all his spiritual children pray it daily to ensure their salvation. This rule is particularly popular in the Eastern Rite churches.
The Rule is made up of 150 recitations of the Angelic Salutation with corresponding meditative mysteries on the lives of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Theotokos, together with accompanying prayers as well as introductory and final prayers. Each meditation is illustrated by a traditional icon of the mystery in full color. The book also contains photographs of five different precious relics of the Theotokos that have been handed down throughout the centuries to the Christian faithful from the Patriarchs of Jerusalem. The Rule of the Theotokos According to Saint Seraphim of Sarov is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from the publishers and from the usual outlets.
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.
Our Russian Orthodox scholar Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D., will be giving a lecture-presentation on December 11, 2016, about her teaching book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters. The lecture will be held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker in Brussels, Belgium. Entrance is free and everyone is invited to attend.
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.