Marriage As a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints

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David and Mary Ford
With a Foreword by His Grace, Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia
Publication Data: Waymart, PA: St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, 2013
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: lvi + 372
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.9 cm × 15.3 cm × 2.6 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 978‒0‒9884574‒3‒0

Second, 20th Anniversary Edition

David and Mary Ford
With a Foreword by His Grace, Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia

“‘Take up their crowns into Thy kingdom,’ the celebrant says to our Lord shortly before the final blessing over the bridegroom and the bride at the Orthodox marriage service. In this present book David and Mary Ford set before us a few out of the many Christian couples whose crowns have indeed been ‘taken up’ by Christ into His heavenly kingdom. Drawing on that rich but often neglected source, the Lives of the Saints, their book provides us with a representative selection of models, of icons in words, to encourage us on our own journey to the kingdom, whether we are married or not. The Orthodox Faith is not abstract but personal. It is concerned, not with general principles or with a theoretical code of morality, but with the salvation of unique and particular persons created in the divine image. In this book we are introduced to some of the particular and unique persons who found sanctity and self-fulfillment specifically upon the married path. What is striking first of all about the examples chosen is their diversity. They are spread in time across nearly four thousand years, from the Old Testament era up to our own day. In space they extend no less widely: from Persia in the east to Alaska in the west, from Egypt in the south to England in the north. Some will be well known to most readers, such as St Spyridon (December 12) or St John of Kronstadt (December 20). Others will be less familiar, such as St Rictrude (May 12) or St Golinduc (July 12). In each case the story has been told in a simple but vivid style, with frequent quotations from the original sources and from the liturgical texts.”


Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The Lives
Index of Names
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