Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tales of Glory: A Gift to the Catholic Faithful

The other day, I received a beautiful gift from a reader of this blog, Matthew Gaul, who attends a Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish, St. Nicholas Catholic Church, in Watervliet, NY.  The gift was a book entitled Tales of Glory: The Stories Icons Tell, and is an exuberant display of the beauty of the Byzantine Catholic side of the Catholic Church. 

Zeroing in specifically on St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the book presents to the reader all of the icons found within this beautiful parish.  In my mind, the work seems designed for a two-fold reason: as a gift to Eastern Catholics in general, and as an introduction to the Eastern Catholic Churches for the average Roman Catholic who might be entirely unfamiliar with them.  For myself, I know that in my conversion years, I had never even heard of Eastern Catholicism at all; I simply did not know anything about it.
Presented in full-colour hardcover, Tales of Glory sees the author meticulously going through all of the iconography of this particular parish in major detail.  His love of iconography and Eastern Christianity is readily apparent on every page. 

Everything is laid out in intentional order as the icons are found within the parish - and there are many of them.  With each icon, Gaul goes into great depth with explaining what the meanings and symbols in each icon are - from the more common iconography of the events in Christ's life to the life of St. Josaphat of Polotsk, there is plenty to feast on here.  Troparions, antiphons, and all the rest are all included with each icon.

For anyone who is even remotely interested in iconography, Eastern Christianity, and/or Eastern Catholicism, this makes a fine choice for a read.  Pick up a copy here.  The church that is explored in the work can be found here.

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful book! Have you ever read any from these two classic Dominican priests: Fr. Gilles Emery or Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange? Both are highly recommended to exercise the mind.