Wanted to share some good news from my friend and colleague Nicholas Denysenko an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Loyola Marymount in LA whose new book about the Blessing of Waters is coming out this month by Ashgate. The cover is gorgeous and the content is even better!
A full review will be coming in the next few weeks. Meanwhile you can read more about the book from the publisher page below
"This book examines the historical development of the blessing of waters and its theology in the East, with an emphasis on the Byzantine tradition. Exploring how Eastern Christians have sought these waters as a source of healing, purification, and communion with God, Denysenko unpacks their euchology and ritual context. The history and theology of the blessing of waters on Epiphany is informative for contemporary theologians, historians, pastors and students. Offering important insights into how Christians renew Baptism in receiving the blessed waters, this book also proposes new perspectives for theologizing Christian stewardship of ecology in the modern era based on a patristic liturgical synthesis. Denysenko presents an alternative framework for understanding the activity of the Trinity, enabling readers to encounter a vision of how participants encounter God in and after ritual."