Cyril Mango translated and edited 18 homilies of Photius, the Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 893). Photius is well-known for his role in the parting of ways between the Western and Eastern church. During this tumultuous time, Photius famously maintained that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and not from the Father and the Son as the Western church argues.
The procession of the Spirit was the presenting theological reason for the eventual separation of the West from the East. But the actual picture is more complicated. Politics, geography, and church order played important roles here too.
Despite the reputation of Photius, it is nevertheless important to note that he was a pastor and preacher. And his extant homilies provide insight into the spirituality of the 9th century in Byzantium. [Read more…] about Review of the Homilies of Photius Patriarch of Constantinople (Translated by Cyril Mango)