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And as it is appointed unto men once to die,

but after this the judgment.

Hebrews 9:27

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The Departure of the Soul

According to the Tradition of the Orthodox Church

Master Reference Edition


Death, the common inheritance of all nations, tribes, and peoples under the sun, reaps all humanity. The crucial question of what occurs after the soul departs from the lies shrouded in enigma. Now for the first time, the comprehensive teachings of the great Fathers of the Church are presented in a monumental encyclopedic tome of enormous spiritual value.

First Edition, 1,120 pages

Edited and published by St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery Publications, Florence, Arizona

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

  • Unique as both the sole Reference Edition on the subject and a fascinating and spiritually profitable book
  • Over 500 chronologically arranged entries covering all aspects of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Christian Church’s traditional teaching regarding the separation of the soul from the body and the preceding and subsequent events
  • Spans the 2000-year history of the Church with chapters on:
  • Holy Scripture exegesis
  • Hymnography from the liturgical services
  • Theological and ascetical writings of the Fathers of the Church
  • Engrossing accounts from the Lives of the Saints
  • A stunning 224-page all-color selection of iconography
  • An exclusive chapter on contemporary antagonists of the Church’s teaching
  • Front piece with full endorsements by six hierarchs, including three ruling hierarchs of various North American and European Orthodox ecclesiastical jurisdictions
  • A truly comprehensive survey including many rare texts and images with dozens of texts translated for the first time from the original Greek, Russian, Slavonic, Serbian, and Romanian.
  • Complete scholarly apparatus:
  • 1300 footnotes with hundreds of cross references helping the reader understand the subject contextually
  • 400 bibliographic entries
  • 9 appendices with full reproductions of key texts and rare antique manuscript witnesses
  • 4 indexes by author and subject
  • Full glossary of unfamiliar and important terms
  • International entries from diverse countries: Greece, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, China, the United States, and Canada
  • Informative and engaging introduction, setting the subject in its historical and contemporary context
  • Beautifully manufactured for longevity:
  • 896 pages of text on acid-free, attractive natural eggshell 50 lb. paper meeting ANSI/ISO Standards
  • 224-page full-color section on high-quality durable glossy
  • Smyth sewn, Arrestox clothbound with gold foil stamping
  • Titles and drop caps for each entry printed in red, enhancing presentation and readability
  • Attractive soft touch matte lamination dust jacket presenting a dozen endorsements by professors at top universities