A Cloud of Witnesses by Bishop Demetri (Matta) Khoury

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"Bishop Demetri’s book, “Saints and Martyrs from the Holy Land,” is a great contribution to our Orthodox religious library and all those who are interested in the lives of the saints. Bishop Demetri was fortunate to be born not far from the gates of the holy city of Jerusalem. He walked where Jesus walked and breathed the same air which Jesus breathed. He spent his childhood in the shadow of Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Calvary and the empty tomb. Palestine is a land of prophets, apostles, saints, martyrs and church fathers. We commend Bishop Demetri for writing this volume and we recommend it to all readers, Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike.

Metropolitan PHILIP


Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America


This huge volume is arranged chronologically, with lives of prophets, martyrs, apostles, monastic - many with small icons, Dismissal Hymns and Kontakia - and includes the service to All Saints in Palestine for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. Presented in a modern narrative way, the hundreds of lives range from a paragraph to 5 pages in length. It is a handy source for information about the prophets and apostles (the 12 and the 70), about whom it is sometimes difficult to find quick information. There is an extensive glossary and listing of the Synaxarion of the Church of Jerusalem.

About Bishop Demetri (Matta) Khoury

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Because he goes beyond the few details given in most lists of Orthodox Saints, Bishop Demetri Khoury's words make the many Saints of Palestine real living and breathing people. In stirring language, he describes their struggles, triumphs and contributions to the growth of Christ's Kingdom. Because like them, he is a son of the Holy Land, Bishop Demetri is uniquely qualified to relate the inspiring stories of the men and women who served Christ's Church in the land of its birgh. Born in the village of Taybeh in 1948, he began his formal education for the priesthood at Balamand, the theological seminary of the Patriarchate of Antioch and graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston in 1978. A priest since 1975, Bishop Demetri served parishes of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America including the cathedrals in Miami and Brooklyn. In 1995, His Beatitude, Ignatius IV, the Patriarch of Antioch consecrated Fr. Demetri to the episcopate. The chairman of the Department of Liturgics and Translations of the Antiochian Archdiocese from 1978 to 1988, Bishop Demetri has used his talents as a translator and scholar to produce several important works such as the first Liturgical Guide of the Antiochian Archdiocese, The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, a service book for Orthodox Bishops and more recently the first translation of the Typikon of the Patriarchate of Antioch. Bishop Demetri is now retired and lives in Miami.
Published July 15, 2008 by Authorhouse. 700 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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