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The Joy of the Holy: Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Orthodox Spiritual Life
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The Joy of the Holy: Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Orthodox Spiritual Life


St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press 1993

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“The goal of Christian life is the acquisition of the grace of the Holy Spirit.” This popular saying of St. Seraphim of Sarov serves as the basis for his teaching on the spiritual life—especially relevant for the faithful of contemporary society who strive to lead spiritual lives. Today, his teaching is attracting a remarkable amount of attention, due to the very practical way he presents the heights of Orthodox Christian spiritual life as being open and accessible to all. He asserts that whatever one’s status in life or position within the Church, every faithful member of the body of Christ possesses the same potential for acquiring the grace of the Holy Spirit. Explore the teaching of St. Seraphim with Harry Boosalis’ accessible guide.

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Key Features

  • Offers a systematic study of St. Seraphim of Sarov’s teaching
  • Presents the spiritual life as being open and accessible to all
  • Provides a practical guide and introduction to Orthodox spirituality

Praise for the Print Edition

This particular work is significant in that it is structured as a systematic study of his spiritual teaching. Presented as a patristic analysis in comparison with similar teachings of the Church Fathers, this book also serves as an ideal introduction to Orthodox spiritual life. The very practical and applicable approach of the author will appeal to all readers regardless of their level of spiritual progress. Whether one is already familiar with the teachings of the ascetic Fathers, or whether one is a beginner with a new thirst for knowledge and prayer, the interests of each and every reader will be inspired by this book.

—Bishop Hermon, Bishop of Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania Rector, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary

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About Harry Boosalis

Harry Boosalis is professor of dogmatic theology at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He earned his MDiv from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and ThD in Orthodox theology from the University of Thessaloniki. He has also written Taught and Holy Tradition: Ecclesial Experience of Life in Christ.