Posted by esbvm on February 17th, 2010
Ecumenical Prospects of Mary is the third volume to come out of the biennial pilgrimages to Walsingham, organised by the Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage Trust. Papers given at the pilgrimage on a wide range of subjects and from a wide range of traditions have been brought together in an attractive and well-produced volume.
An eclectic list of contributors cover the whole range of Christian scholarship and thinking on Mary, her role, her example and her relevance to the Church today, looking both at scriptural and wider historical sources, as well as current reflections and analysis. Contributors range from the well-known in this field to some less prominent but no less worthy writers. Metropolitan Kallistos writes, as does Bishop Peter Forster, on vocation, both of Mary and our own. Dr Colin Thompson, URC minister, the Revd Sandy Williams from the Methodist tradition and Fr Phillip Swingler, a Roman Catholic priest, each provide extended scriptural meditations. Lesser-known traditions are represented by, among others, Fr Athanasius McVay writing on the history of Eastern Catholic Uniate churches, while for the Oriental Orthodox tradition, Fr Shnork Baghadassarian describes beliefs and traditions of the Armenian Church with reference to Mary. New research into the work of Fr Lambert Beauduin, the 19th-century Belgian priest, is contained in an important paper by Fr Mark Woodruff.
A scholarly and thoughtful collection, Ecumenical Prospects of Mary, along with its sister volumes, Prospects of Mary (2005) and Further Prospects of Mary (2007), is a key addition to the bookshelf of any Marian scholar.
Ecumenical Prospects of Mary is published by the Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage Trust, price £8.95 plus £1.10 p & p
ISBN 978 0 955 11 512 7
For further information on Ecumenical Prospects of Mary or to purchase contact EMPT, 31 Kingsley Road, Plymouth, PL4 6QP firstname.lastname@example.org