As promised, here are 2 more Orthodox books I recently read, and I will soon present another one.
When I read Larchet’s book, I ran of course into my most favorite Orthodox Father, Gregory Palamas, but I was truck also by the references to Saint Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022). Here again, I had read his Hymns in French decades ago, so after having miraculously found a copy of its out-of-print English version in the bookstore of a monastery, I decided it was time to re-read it in English:
Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian (translated by George Maloney)
Symeon has always attracted me because of his experiences with the Divine Light. What’s most remarkable about his writings is the personal aspect of it: exceptionally modern for his time (did you see his dates??), he shared really what happened to him, in a very deep, intimate, and sensual (I mean related to the senses) way, totally unusual for his time –no wonder so many, especially among the hierarchs, did not understand him and gave him all gives of troubles, including exiling him.
Here is an excerpt of Hymn 40:
And then I read another by Maloney on Symeon I had not heard about before:
The Mystic of Fire and Light: St Symeon the New Theologian, by George Maloney
Maloney presents here the life and main ideas of the saint. He illustrates his points thanks to may quotations. It is an excellent short book, a great introduction if you don’t know Symeon and are curious to discover him.
Here are some passages I really enjoy, and they will give you an idea of the man:
DID YOU KNOW SYMEON BEFORE THIS POST?
IF YES, WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE HYMN?
IF NOT, WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN HIM?