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News & updates as we approach Holy Week

News & updates as we approach Holy Week

Dear readers,

We hope this letter finds you in good health and spiritually prepared for the approaching end of the Great Fast and the onset of Holy Week. We'll be pausing our operations starting next week to fully dedicate ourselves to the commemoration of the saving Passion and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Please see details below.

New from Holy Trinity Seminary Press: In 2016, we published a landmark study of Orthodox Christians in the Levant and the wider region under Ottoman rule. The author, Russian scholar Constantin A. Panchenko, has now revised and expanded the introductory portion of that text, which has now been published as a separate volume. We are excited to mark the official publication date today of Orthodoxy and Islam in the Middle East: The Seventh to the Sixteenth Centuries. In this new survey of the almost nine centuries that passed from the beginning of the spread of Islam up to the Ottoman Turkish conquest of Syria and Egypt beginning in 1516, Panchenko offers a more complex portrayal of this period than is typically encountered, focusing on the impact that the appearance of Islam had on the many forms of Christianity they encountered, principally the Orthodox Christian communities of the Middle East. In particular he illuminates the interplay of their Greek cultural heritage with increasing Arabization over time.

This is essential reading for those who want to gain an understanding of the history of the Middle East in these centuries and of how the faith of Orthodox Christians in these lands is lived today.

Also available: Our full list of forthcoming titles for the Fall 2021 publication season is available now at our website! It includes a sober and forensic analysis of the Ukrainian Ecclesial Crisis, a second edition of Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet's study of the patristic teaching on Life After Death, and more. All forthcoming release can be pre-ordered now at HTP Bookstore or wherever books are sold.

Holy Week and Bright Week: Our offices will be closed from Holy Thursday through Bright Tuesday (April 28 - May 4). We will not be responding to emails or phone calls during this time but we do welcome you to place orders via our website. Orders placed after 3 pm on Wednesday, April 27th will not be processed until we re-open on Wednesday, May 5.

Finally, dear readers, we assure you of our heartfelt prayers for a peaceful and salvific end to the lenten struggle and a joyous celebration of the Bright Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour!

In Christ,

Pdn. Peter Markevich
Sales & Marketing Manager
Holy Trinity Publications

  • Orthodoxy and Islam in the Middle East
Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021
New digital editions from the heritage of Holy Trinity Seminary

New digital editions from the heritage of Holy Trinity Seminary

Selected Essays by Father Michael Pomazansky

Selected Essays

of Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky

This collection of essays by one of the giants of the twentieth century Russian emigration is newly available in digital form. Fr. Michael Pomazansky was one of the Russian Church Abroad's last living links to the streams of pre-revolutionary Russian theology. He graduated from the Kiev Theological Academy in 1912, where he studied under the wings of Metropolitan Antony (Khrapovitsky). In 1949 Fr. Michael and his family emigrated to the United States and settled in Jordanville, where he taught the Greek and Church Slavonic languages and Dogmatic Theology until his retirement. His most famous work is Orthodox Dogmatic TheologyFr. Michael reposed in peace in 1988, only a few days shy his one-hundredth birthday.

His characteristic spirit of deep humility infuses these writings. Subjects addressed in this collection include biblical criticism, Catholicity and Cooperation in the Church, Liturgical Books, serving in the Church, the liturgical theology of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, the Glorification of Saints, Children in the Church and much more.

Available for your preferred e-reading platform:




and many more!

Commentary on
the Holy Scriptures
of the New Testament
Three-volume Boxed Set
by Archbishop Averky (Taushev)

Previously available as separate digital volumes, but combined now at a new low price! 

Archbishop Averky approaches the New Testament first and foremost not as a literary work of antiquity, but as the revelation of Jesus Christ as God in the flesh. Writing in the tradition of biblical exegetes, such as St John Chrysostom, Blessed Theophylact of Bulgaria, and St Theophan the Recluse, he provides a commentary that is firmly grounded in the teaching of the Church, manifested in its liturgical hymnography and the works of the Holy Fathers. 

Archbishop Averky's commentaries on the New Testament have become standard textbooks in Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary and have been published in Russia to widespread acclaim. This present collection makes the complete commentary available in one collection for the first time. It is an indispensable addition to the library of every student of Holy Scripture.

Available for your preferred

e-reading platform:





and many more!
Date: Monday 19 April 2021
"Jordanville Readings" now available on Audible!

"Jordanville Readings" now available on Audible!

Holy Trinity Publications is pleased to report that Jordanville Readings is now available at Audible, joining Apple, Google, Spotify and others as podcast platforms offering our daily spiritual readings.

Jordanville Readings is a daily podcast published every weekday morning, featuring short excerpts from our wide range of publications.

We strongly recommend that you subscribe at Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsAudible, or wherever you get your podcasts to automatically receive new episodes as they become available! We also post new episodes at Orthodox Life.

Please support this podcast and our wider publishing work by making a monthly pledge of support.

Date: Monday 5 April 2021
A Personal Recommendation from our director

A Personal Recommendation from our director

Recently I have been reading extracts from Conversations with My Heart as part of our weekday Jordanville readings podcast. The author, Metropolitan Anastasy (Gribanovsky), was elected in 1936 as First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, succeeding the more widely known Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky). He wrote this book prior to that date whilst serving as the Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in the Holy Land from 1924. This was a challenging time in the history of the Western world, not so unlike our own, and the backdrop of both communist and fascist extremism is clear as he writes. 

He concludes his short preface by stating that “This book has no other purpose than to confirm eternal Truth, Good, and Beauty and to magnify the one who said of Himself: 'I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.' " I think he succeeds admirably in this goal. It is uniquely refreshing in the way he recognizes all that is good and shows how a diversity of words and works can lead us to Christ. The extent of His Beatitutude’s erudition in doing this is remarkable, drawing on sources as diverse as the nineteenth century English parliamentarian and philosopher John Stuart Mill, the sixteenth century Protestant reformer Martin Luther, and the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. He writes that “we live in an age of counterfeits” but also favourably quotes St Gregory the Theologian, who wrote that “the most divine attribute of man is that he can do good.” 

There is much to ponder in every sentence and paragraph here and altogether it  is a valuable aid in bringing balance and perspective to our own very challenging times of political division and pandemic, helping to equip us to manifest Christ to our neighbors.

I commend it to you.

Nicholas Chapman
Director, Holy Trinity Publications


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purchasing options at the title detail page.

Listen to excerpts from the book at Orthodox Life

  • Conversations With My Heart
Date: Thursday 25 March 2021
New issue of Pravoslavnaia Rus now available for download

New issue of Pravoslavnaia Rus now available for download

The fourth issue of Holy Trinity Monastery's Russian-language journal Pravoslavnaia Rus' for 2020 may be downloaded as a free PDF from the Православная Русь page of this website.

In this issue:

  1. Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.
  2. Deacon Andrei Psarev: Homily on this year’s commemorative dates, delivered during Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Monastery, 13/26 November, 2020.
  3. The experience of historiography of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville.
  4. From the homiletic legacy of Archbishop Averky (Taushev):

    * Homily on the New Year
    * Homily on Theophany
    * The great significance of the works of St Vladimir, Enlightener of Rus’ (Toward the 950-year anniversary of the Baptism of the Russian people)

  5. Personal documents of the clergy in the archives of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville.
  6. The Life of the Venerable Leonty, Archimandrite of Mikhailovskoe, the Wonderworker.



Православная Русь is published four times a year and made available free of charge in electronic form. Donations towards the ongoing costs of production are accepted:

1) Via Patreon (recurring donations)

2) Via Paypal

3) By phone - 315 538-5008

4) By check - Please make your check out to 'Holy Trinity Monastery' and mail to:

Holy Trinity Publications

P.O. Box 36

Jordanville, NY 13361

Date: Thursday 18 March 2021
Coming July 1st!

Coming July 1st!

Holy Trinity Publications is pleased to announce its forthcoming publication of the first detailed examination in English of the challenges to Orthodox ecclesiology that have arisen following the intervention of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the affairs of the Ukrainian Church in 2018. The Ecclesial Crisis in Ukraine and its Solution According to the Sacred Canons will be published on July 1st, 2021, under the Holy Trinity Seminary Press imprint.

The author of this important work is His Eminence Metropolitan of Kykkos and Tylliria Nikiforos, a senior and widely respected bishop of the Church of Cyprus and abbot of the renowned monastery of the Virgin of Kykkos founded in the eleventh century. His Eminence’s work, first published in Greek in 2020, provides a sober examination of the crisis facing the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, grounded in Holy Tradition and the Sacred Canons. It is essential reading for all Orthodox believers who want to more fully grasp what the Ukrainian ecclesial crisis means for the future of their Church. It will also assist others to see beyond a shallow characterization of this crisis as a political event in the context of relations between Russia and the West. It makes clear that at the  heart of this conflict  is an ecclesiological dispute requiring a conciliar solution. Accordingly, Metropolitan Nikiforos writes with deep respect and honor for the venerable Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople while standing firmly in opposition to its recent actions. A full description, table of contents, and bibliographical details may be found on the title page.

The Ecclesial Crisis in Ukraine and its Solution According to the Sacred Canons is available to pre-order now at HTP Bookstore. Listings at other retailers are still populating, but this important work will soon be available worldwide, wherever books are sold.

Preliminary translations of portions of the book were previously published online by Orthodox Synaxis.

Metropolitan Nikiforos was elected as Abbot of the Kykkos monastery in 1983 and consecrated a Bishop in 2002. In 2001, the Municipality of Athens bestowed on him its highest distinction, the Golden Key to the City, in recognition of his ecclesiastical, social and cultural work. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology of the Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki and the Department of Social Theology of the University of Athens.

  • The Ecclesial Crisis in Ukraine
Date: Tuesday 9 March 2021