The Heavenly Banquet: Understanding the Divine Liturgy

Christ with The Heavenly Banquet

The Heavenly Banquet

Understanding the Divine Liturgy

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The Heavenly Banquet is the most comprehensive Divine Liturgy commentary available in the English language. With over 300 bibliographical sources, an abundance of biblical citations, and quotations from Church Fathers and modern authors, The Heavenly Banquet is a treasure.

The Heavenly Banquet

  • 3rd Edition
  • 420 pages | Large 7.25″ x11″ format
  • Red and black text | hardbound

The Heavenly Banquet addresses head-on not only liturgical matters, but also social, moral and doctrinal issues, always in a clear, practical, informational, and uplifting way.

In depth, yet easy to follow, written in simple, understandable language, this book will aid Catechists and instructors who can draw from its abundant material for presentation and discussion. This work will be of great benefit to any Orthodox Christian who wants to obtain a better understanding of the Divine Liturgy.

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Testimonials & Endorsements

Congratulations and many thanks for publishing the book. It is impressive as well as useful… Certainly the Lord was with you as you worked to make sure that no one can any longer say, “I don’t get anything from the Liturgy!”

+ NATHANIEL, Archbishop (OCA)

Father Emmanuel’s work should be admired for its breadth and depth, as well as the assistance it will bring to all those who seek to enhance their participation in the Holy Eucharist. We thank him with our paternal blessings on this endeavor, with our prayers for its good use among the faithful.”

+ IAKOVOS, Metropolitan of Chicago

an absolutely spectacular book, an extraordinary book, totally awesome.

Fr. Thomas Hopko

Fr. Hopko’s review of The Heavenly Banquet

I am certain the reader will be edified by your work… Congratulations!”

Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas

[The Heavenly Banquet] is quenching a thirst that people have had for a long time.”

Dn. Matthew

Your Divine Liturgy book… is an excellent resource for anyone. I even use it as an apologetic source. Also it has a beautiful cover. It is now my official coffee table book. When guests come over, it is a great way to lead someone into a conversation of the Orthodox Church.”

Chris Carpunky

Reading your explanations was the perfect next step in my learning process.

M. Pruitt

For the month of September, the focus has been the Trisagion Hymn. The book, The Heavenly Banquet; Understanding the Divine Liturgy by Father Emmanuel Hatzidakis, is the wonderful source that we are basing our lessons on.

V. Barnes, Youth Choir Director

Think Church is Boring? Read this. I can’t read a paragraph without thinking of ‘Church’ and ‘going to Church on Sunday’ and what it means to the people around me, and to Americans in general, Christian or otherwise. The lengthy footnotes stunningly incorporate quotes, references, and commentary from the entirety of Christian history.”

Erik Ritland, Blogger

It is organized well, as the basic commentary is the main text, while the author gives a little more detail in footnotes and some other studies marked in a different color. He usually leaves his own opinions in the footnotes and other studies marked in a different color, so readers can choose how much detail to take in when reading each chapter.’

Gamliel [blog post]

It is very easy to read and gives the reader written commentary of the various lines of words – along with texts in gray boxes denoting parts of the Liturgy – which are said silently or are omitted.’

Thomas N. Andrews

This book is absolutely fantastic. In addition to the astonishing level of detail, the binding, layout, and formatting are impeccable. Thank you so much for this gift to the Church.”

Michael, Dayton, Ohio

It is an excellent, pastoral and thorough explanation of the Divine Liturgy.

Reader Kevin Andrew

This work you labored testifies that you worked with great zeal and love… There are a plethora of references, extensive analysis, scientific documentation, but also beautiful introductions… You cast light on many issues…”

Fr. Panagiotis Christodoulou

A+++ Awesome. Life changing book.”

Ricardo J.

This superb book introduces one to the inexhaustible riches of the Divine Liturgy. All you will ever want to know about the liturgy—and more—is offered to you in this one volume.”

Light and Life Publishing

A gem for all Orthodox Christians.

The Saint John of Kronstadt Press

After “drinking” watered down religion theology for several years from other religions, I find this book a gem filled with rich liturgy, truth, and biblical treasures.”

SubDn. Lucas

It is an incredible work of diligence and detail! I love it and the format is perfect for both easy reference and for a detailed study of the Liturgy in a formal setting. i.e. Study groups and group discussions.

Fr. Alexander Resnikoff

After reviewing it extensively, I must offer you my sincere congratulations and deep thanks for providing this valuable volume to the Orthodox faithful in America. I presented the book to my St. Lydia Women’s Study Ministry and they have chosen to use it during our study of the Divine Liturgy this year.

Fr. John Touloumes

The Heavenly Banquet exceeded my expectations, a beautiful book.

D. Pappas, Albuquerque, NM

Your book is a powerhouse of reference, biographies as well as tremendous sources. This is the work of 5 PhD degrees.

Fr. George Shalhoub, Livonia, MI

This book will truly be a blessing to many. If I were financially able, I would supply this book for every family. I would also encourage young and old to read the book, and would urge parents to have it handy and to actually review the Divine Liturgy with their children of every age, pointing them to the mystery and blessing of our Lord’s presence!

Edward Wolfe (former Lutheran Pastor)

How does one describe a magnificent banquet?… You’ve actually used the text of the Liturgy (as it should be) for explanation, not merely the actions. I am INSPIRED by your book…”

Fr. Jim Doyle

I can’t tell you how much we have all enjoyed your book and how it has been the underpinning of a growth in the minds of our parishioners towards renewing their faith and increasing their knowledge and understanding of our services. Many, many thanks!”

Fr. Patrick Gariano

We use [The Heavenly Banquet] extensively in our Adult Class studies. It proved to be very effective and spiritually fruitful. We found it very concise, well written. It is very much timely enterprise conducive to Eucharistic Revival and for the Unity of the Orthodoxy in the North America.”

Rev. Vitaly Dudkin

A new, monumental, brilliant book for personal study, reference, and adult education.”

Dn. Nicholas Jannakos

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