This highly acclaimed classical study in Orthodox Ecclesiology is now available in English. Eucharist, Bishop, Church is the historical and theological study that explains the origin and the structure of the Church during the first three centuries. Zizioulas demonstrates how the unity of the Church is served by the ministry of the bishop and related to the celebration of the Eucharist. This fascinating book by Zizioulas is the foundational study reintroducing the concept of Eucharistic ecclesiology in our church today.
Eucharist, Bishop, Church aims to define the relationship connecting the unity of the Church with the Eucharist and the Bishop as it was understood in the consciousness of the early Church. Written as the author's doctoral dissertation in 1965 for the University of Athens, the issues raised in this work are as relevant today as when Zizioulas first presented them. Zizioulas presents an episcopocentric structure of the Church as normative, constituted in the essential role of the bishop as president of the Divine Liturgy and the eucharistic community. This assertion, still novel when Zizioulas first described it, is widely accepted and forms the core concept of “eucharistic ecclesiology”. Nevertheless, Eucharist, Bishop, Church continues to challenge many contemporary notions about the relationship of bishop and presbyter, parish and diocese, and local and universal church.
About the Author
John D. Zizioulas is Metropolitan of Pergamon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The author of Being as Communion, Zizioulas is internationally known for his writings and lectures on ecclesiology and personhood.
- Publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (April 3, 2007)
- ISBN-10: 1885652518
- ISBN-13: 9781885652515
- Language: English
- Paperback: 280 pages