Over the centuries
Orthodox Christians have utilized the time of Great Lent to contemplate the
salvific Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—the voluntary sufferings
which He undertook out of love for mankind, in order to make possible our
return from our fallen state to full communion with God. On the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
by St. Philaret of Chernigov is a grace-filled aid in this contemplation.
Originally preached in Russian churches during Great Lent, these sixty
inspired sermons are permeated with a spirit of sincere love for Christ and
awe before His sacrifice for mankind. Chronologically tracing the period of
the last four days of the Savior’s earthly life, they take the reader through
every aspect of His Passion, providing Christians with fertile material for
soul-benefiting meditation on Christ’s final teachings, sufferings, and death
on the Cross.
English edition, a moving homily by St. Philaret on Christ’s Resurrection
follows the discourses on the Passion.
(Gumilevsky), Archbishop of Chernigov (1805–1866), was a fervent and
effective pastor of Christ’s flock, as well as a prolific Church writer. Born
in a small village in Russia, he was the son of the village priest, himself a
notable pastor and preacher. As a young man, he was blessed by St. Seraphim
of Sarov, who said that he would “be glorified throughout Russia as a learned
man.” He was a close disciple of St. Philaret (Drozdov), metropolitan of
Moscow, the great Russian theologian. Consecrated to the episcopacy in 1841,
he was first assigned to the cathedra of Riga, Latvia, where, thanks to his
pastoral zeal, over 100,000 souls were joined to the Orthodox Church. He was
later transferred to the Russian diocese of Kharkov, and then to Chernigov,
where he reposed. His literary works include historical, theological, and
homiletic books, as well as numerous articles. The present book was first
published in Russia in 1858.
456 pages, paperback,