In this second volume, Tasting Heaven on Earth, Walter Ray provides vivid descriptions of Constantinople, its history, its people, and its worship practices, setting the stage for a rich selection of primary documents that present readers with a vibrant snapshot of Byzantine Christianity in the sixth century. This illustrated, reader-friendly volume also features discussion questions for each chapter and suggestions for devotional use.
Primary materials collected in this book
- Photos of mosaics, liturgical vessels, icons, and manuscripts
- Drawings, diagrams, descriptions, and photographs of Hagia Sophia
- Firsthand accounts of worship by Maximus the Confessor, Eutychius, and Procopius
- Liturgical prayers and a reconstruction of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
- Sung and spoken sermons attributed to Romanus and Leontius
- Imperial decrees on worship practices