6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm.), 118 full color pages
ISBN: 978-1475265873 / 1475265875
I select parts of Symeon's Hymns, adding instead of a prologue and epilogue excerpts from his speeches, trying to compose what is most crucial, in a manner that would strengthen the immediacy of the text.
Symeon wanted to free the Church from conformity, to help her develop a natural relationship with God — immediate and personal as any friendship is. This was also the relationship of Symeon himself with God, the strength of which inspires the Hymns of Divine Love. Symeon's teaching caused a disturbance that often led to revolt, but also an equally intense accord. His disciples came even from very distant places, whence Symeon's significant influence to the mystical thought of the West starts.
Selecting and translating the Hymns of Symeon I searched for a form that would be closer to our modern poetical sense, and as laconic as possible, to be able to give the book even to friends that are less familiar with this kind of works. I wish this anthology led at least those who know ancient Greek to the reading of all the Hymns, yet even if one stays only in what is here published, the benefit won't be insignificant.
Featuring: Full Color Pages * 14 Byzantine Icons of the Christ * A biographical introduction covering the greatest aims of Symeon's teaching