Last Friday, the excellent Eastern Christian Books blog posted an interview with Fr. Oliver Herbel, Executive Director of SOCHA. While Fr. Oliver touches on his work in American Orthodox history, the focus of the interview is on his recent book on St. Sarapion of Thmuis. Here’s a snippet:
I first learned of St. Sarapion in a liturgical theology class at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. His euchologion, or collection of prayers, has been studied and I was intrigued by them. For example, in the Eucharist and at Baptism, rather than praying for the Holy Spirit’s descent, the Word of God was asked to descend. I looked into him a little more and learned that St. Antony the Great willed one of his two cloaks to Sarapion. The other he had willed to St. Athanasios the Great. St. Athanasios’ letters to a “Sarapion” were, in fact, written to this same Sarapion and this led me to research whether any of Sarapion’s own writings were still extant. Some are: two complete letters, a treatise against Manichaeans, and a letter partially preserved, written to Antony’s disciples.
The whole interview is really well done, and anyone interested in early Christianity and the Church Fathers should take a few minutes to check it out. CLICK HERE to read it.